All of us see the news articles. And most of us have seen movies, such as American Sniper, that bring the brutality of war and its severe after-effects closer to home.
The aftermath of battle and discussions about Post Traumatic Stress is in the news and unfortunately affects families every day. Most likely the worst part of it is that approximately 22 veterans or first responders commit suicide in our country every day. Stop and really think about that for a minute. Look at 22 people around you right now. Every day this is happening.
Many of us have friends whose sons and daughters have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan and can’t leave the house at night. Or maybe it’s one of our friends. The stress of driving down a suburban street scanning for IEDs is almost too much to bear.
Fortunately, there are many fantastic organizations out there working to help these Veterans and first-responders. I’ve become involved with one in particular based right here in Kansas City. The name of this non-profit organization is Warriors’ Ascent. There are many things I love about what they do, but I’ll highlight a few here:
- The goal is to empower each individual Warrior to become the primary agent responsible for waging war against the suffering and despair among themselves and their brothers and sisters.
- The program initiates individuals into a life of spiritual and emotional maturity, teaching them tools to heal themselves and others.
- The number one differentiator of Warriors’ Ascents is that the program, activities and curriculum all focus on one all three core areas of healing needed:
Warriors’ Ascent is making a big difference in many lives. But, they are a fairly new organization and need help as they continue to grow. I’m became personally motivated to help after hearing their amazing story and learning more about what they do. I also have a son in the U.S. Army, and that deepens my connection even more. Several people here at MBB also became very passionate about the cause, and we are doing what we can to help Warriors’ Ascent grow and market their brand. For example, many of the folks here at MBB have jumped in to help develop a new logo, brand standards, a fundraising/sponsorship support book, and video assets.
I’m proud to say, on behalf of MBB, we often give freely of our time and talents to organizations like Warriors’ Ascent, as we believe our role does help make a difference in our communities and in people’s lives.
See another example of the work we’ve done to help make a difference in our community.