Project 22


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Last year, two combat-wounded Veterans set off on a motorcycle journey across America. Their 6,500-mile mission was to raise awareness about the high rate of suicide amongst Veterans. During their journey, they interviewed researchers, healthcare providers, and Veterans, many of whom had either contemplated or attempted suicide and were able to identify the life-saving, sources of hope that these Veterans had found. Painfully inspired by the recent Department of Veterans Affairs estimation that 22 veterans commit suicide every day, this campaign is entitled Project 22.

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In addition to the awareness ride, through fundraising efforts and the kindness and generosity of many, Dan and Doc were able to film their journey. Currently, they are working on completing a feature-length, not-for-profit documentary that melds a motorcycle road-trip and the stories about the servicemen and women they encountered into a hard-hitting and inspirational documentary. The trailer for the film can be viewed above. By highlighting the emotional individual successes and alternative resources found, the aim of the documentary is to prevent Veteran suicide by reaching Veterans and their families who are living with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and give them hope for the future.

PROJECT 22 WORLD PREMIERE ANNOUNCEMENT

How to Help

Stay tuned for updates, and visit medicinalmissions.com/donate to make a tax-deductible contribution to the film and this on-going campaign. Project 22 is a not-for-profit endeavor and all donations will go directly to the costs for production and distribution. Medicinal Missions has successfully fundraised for and completed pre-production and principal photography for the film, and are currently raising funds for the costs of post-production and distribution.

See Project 22 on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Current Campaign

Statistically, 22 Veterans of the US Military will take their own lives and 22 families will lose loved ones today due to combat-related stresses and injuries. Project 22 follows two combat-wounded Veterans on a mission to find hope. Riding motorcycles from San Francisco to New York, Daniel and Doc speak with Veterans about post-war challenges that lead to suicide and the healing Veterans are finding in alternative forms of therapy such as sailing, pottery, education, service dogs and more.

Linda Cope, President of Warrior Beach Retreat in Florida, after an outstanding interview. warriorbeachretreat.org

Linda Cope, President of Warrior Beach Retreat in Florida, after an outstanding interview.

During the 6,500 mile journey, our riders interview leading researchers, mental health clinicians and educators who specialize in Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress, as well as a leading expert in Warrior Culture and Combat Stress. Asking hard hitting questions and opening up about their own struggles, Daniel and Doc will stop at nothing to reach tomorrow’s twenty-two.

Mission Statement

To raise awareness of Veteran suicides and to educate on methods to overcome symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in order to prevent Veteran suicides and make alternative therapies available to Veterans with PTS and TBI.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Data Report for 2012