On average 22 veterans commit suicide every day. That's 22 too many. At 92 for 22 we are working to eliminate that statistic.
Our goal is to stand behind and fight for those who fought for us. If we don't, who will?
How 92 For 22 Began:
92 For 22 originated in Michigan, April 2017 when a group of veterans decided to walk the White Pine Trail which runs 92 miles from Comstock Park to Cadillac, Michigan. The goal was to raise awareness of veteran suicide and the effects of PTS. A total of 11 veterans participated in the walk and raised $6,644. This money was donated to Help For Our Disabled Troops (HFODT) a 501c3 nonprofit organization that adapts homes for injured Veterans as well as helping with therapeutic accommodations.
How 92 For 22 Grew:
During this first 92 mile walk is where the idea grew to create our own nonprofit to help veterans in need with home accommodation assistance to improve the quality of life for combat related injuries. In March of 2018, we did just that. We then planned our Second Annual 92 Mile Walk for April of 2018. We raised over $9,000 in our second walk! In July of 2018, we were able to help one veteran get a car and another with all household appliances and beds so he could get back on his feet.
The Goals and Vision of 92 For 22:
The goal of 92 For 22 is to grow our organization to reach more veterans and continue to raise awareness that the average number of veterans that commit suicide each day is 22. By bringing awareness to the community about the struggles that veterans have, we hope to keep this subject top of mind. The Vision of 92 For 22 is to raise enough money to purchase property to build an environment that offers outdoor recreation and therapeutic experiences focused on helping veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their families.
If you are a veteran seeking assistance, or would like to nominate someone for accommodation, please fill out the form linked below.
Ken Murillo - US Marine Corps
Ken was born and raised in Southern California where he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps shortly after high school in 1996. This is where he developed a passion to help others! After 22 years of serving in the Marine Corps Ken decided to transition out and become a real estate agent in West Michigan. His passion for helping others especially veterans has allowed him to become a part of 92 For 22.
Rick Bidwell - US Marine Corps
Rick was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2004 as an Avionics Technician. Rick deployed with the 31st MEU (Marine Expedition Unit) multiple times and the 13th MEU in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Rick also spent six years recruiting America’s youth to be the next generation of Marines. After 16 years of service, Rick decided it was time to move back home with his family and currently works as a Business Support Specialist to promote lean thinking and process improvements. Rick’s passion for positively impacting lives and serving his country paved the way for him to become an active member of 92 For 22.
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