Platoon 22 was the beneficiary for this incredible tournament in 2016 and 2017. As we saw this event grow, and welcomed C.K. Signals Founder, Caleb, to the Platoon 22 Board, the connection just became so defined. Together, we could combine our efforts to make something bigger.
“We had always talked about wanting to do more to give back, and decided that the time was right. We started C. K. Signals in 2013 and it was sustainable/stable enough that we felt that it was time to do something. Veteran Suicide was always going to be our charity since it was something that affected us personally and represented two major factors of our lives. Having served 6 years in the Marine Corps during two wars, I never lost a single friend to combat, but I had lost two close personal friends to suicide, including the man who introduced me to my wife, and had heard of dozens of other suicide victims in the community. The other part of what brought us to Platoon22 was that we wanted it to be a local charity. We found you guys and the rest is history,” said Caleb.
All proceeds from this event will go specifically towards 2020 initiatives including programming and support of the Platoon Veterans Services Center at Goodwill located in Frederick, MD. The Vet Center will home more than a dozen staff and strategic partners, all committed to eliminating the barriers Veterans and their families experience when receiving much-deserved, hard-earned benefits.
Through classes, counseling, and veteran benefits navigation offered at our veteran services center, warriors and their families will receive the support they need to ensure a smooth and rewarding transition into civilian life. Among these services, the center will assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment.
In addition, a significant amount of focus will go toward intervention and support to veterans and their families who require mental health solutions. Every day in America, roughly 22 veterans die by suicide. The center will raise awareness for the suicide epidemic among veterans. Programming will encompass traditional and non-traditional forms of therapy for both mental and physical health.