Deb Gordon’s guest was former Army captain, Everett Weston who co-founded Operation: Heal Our Heroes (HOH) along with Patrick Bolchoz, after their good friend and fellow Army vet – Frankie, committed suicide.
The organization strives to ensure vets who are suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder and other related mental health issues get the help they need in a timely manner.
“It’s a very fragile state when a veteran is suffering,” said Weston. “For them to finally acknowledge that they need to get help, then it needs to happen quickly.”
Weston provided information about the serious issues vets face upon returning home, including unemployment, a lack of available resources, etc., and discussed its adverse effects.
“Most people don’t know this, but 20 veterans every day take their own lives, because of their inability to make that transition all the way back home,” said Weston.
“We wanted to make people aware of these issues that veterans face when they get out of service, so that people can be more in tune and more educated about the issues, and thus equipped to help them,” said Weston.
Veterans Day is Friday, November 11 and Operation: Heal our Heroes has collaborated with The Ainsworth and Cyc Fitness to raise funds: 20% of revenues from certain NYC locations will be donated to HOH on that day.
“We’re promoting 20 for 20…the 20% signifies the 20 men and women every day that kill themselves,” said Weston.
Every $5000 HOH raises can provide private mental health services for a veteran for his or her entire lifetime.
Operation Heal Our Heroes will also hold its 3rd Annual Call To Arms Gala on December 2 at The Metropolitan Pavilion West in New York City featuring live performances, touching speeches, auctions, dancing, and other exciting events to raise funds to help our nation’s vets.
“Our goal from founding Operation Heal Our Heroes is to prevent any further unnecessary loss of life among veterans on the homeland,” said Weston. “And if we can prevent one more life from being lost, all our work is worth it.”
For more information and to learn more about the Veterans Day Initiatives, visit www.operationhoh.com