As the founder of Operation Brotherhood, I first and foremost want to thank you for your support in this endeavor. I could not have accomplished this had it not been for the overwhelming generosity you have shown.
A few years ago, I was teaching 3-4 day firearms courses. I noticed on day 1, that everyone was pretty shy and quiet. They would kinda keep to themselves, adjust their gear; or in their group of friends that they came with.
By the end of day 2, people that previously had what seemed to be nothing in common were now laughing and joking with each other, showing classmates their gear, ad offering tips on equipment layout.
Day 3 showed me that when encouraged, people will come together to help the whole team; I would see the more experienced explaining the tricks and techniques they had learned over the years, to the newer students.
By the last day, everyone was working as a team; one cohesive functioning group. We had people from all walks relying on each other. They supported each other… trusted each other… It didn’t matter what their job was, how old they were, their gender, race, religion, income, body image, what car they drove, nothing… what mattered is that they left all of that at the door and gave something else a chance to flourish. Because of that, new bonds were created, new friendships; a comradery.
With this organization, I want to do just that. No, not teach firearms courses… but get groups of veterans together to show them that we ARE a team. That the comradery doesn’t stop when the uniform is put away. That we can rely on each other for support, that we are NOT alone, that we have a brother or sister that will always listen. There are approximately 22 million veterans in the US. There is no reason we should feel alone.
I’m asking that you help me in uniting my brothers and sisters of all branches. No more veteran suicides. Let us Unite the 22 million of us.