Most of you know that I served in the United States Marine Corps and that I am currently a docent on the USS Midway. As long as I can remember I always wanted to be in the military and my childhood dream came true from 1980-1984. Many of those I served with also had been deployed in Vietnam and those who served after I left active duty were deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the globe. I never saw combat so I can't imagine what it was like. Even without combat I did have combat dreams for years after leaving service. Many veterans who might look otherwise unscathed from their service struggle with mental health that impedes their ability to integrate back into civilian life. Will you help me raise funds for a non-profit organization Strength In Support as part of my 125 mile ride on Veteran’s Day from the USS Iowa in San Pedro to the USS Midway in San Diego on November 11, 2019? With each pedal revolution we all can help those who served our country.
The mission of Strength in Support is to provide mental health services to military personnel, veterans and their families, including individual and family therapy, mentorship and workshops to address all areas of our heroes well being.
Strength in Support’s (a 501c3) founding board members have served veterans and their families in Southern California for decades through their private clinical practices and informal mentoring. In the last seven years, as they saw how military funding did not meet the needs of the simultaneous wars over the past decades and how lack of funding impacted veterans services available and wait-times and reduced advocacy for military families, they knew something needed to change. Thus a small group of passionate people, including veterans, military family members, therapists, and business people formed Strength In Support.