When people sign in the army, they often stay in service for an average of under fifteen years. Officers usually go through a service time for a bit less but an average of eleven years. Regardless of the length of their service, veterans come home to face a different kind of battle. Chad is a veteran who created Battle22, a non-profit organization, to help other veterans combat their own battles.
Chad served nearly two decades in the army, having gone through two combat deployments in Iraq and one deployment in Afghanistan as a Counter Improvised Explosive Device Non-Commissioned Officer. After serving for a lengthy amount of years, Chad was medically retired. In 2014, he and his wife went through a horrible accident that saw him nearly lost his wife.
The accident left her in a coma with broken ribs, a fractured skull, and losing her spleen. Chad had a mesh implant put in his chest, penile deglovement, and a testicle ripped off. His wife suffered the most, losing all functions on the left side of her face due to the fractures in her left ear’s ossicles, which pinched her cn7 facial nerve.
Three years later, Chad was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Two days after Christmas, he and his wife lost everything they owned along with their house. In 2018, Chad would find out that he had a thoracic ascending aortic aneurysm that was a little over four centimeters. The VA couldn’t find out what was going on with his liver.
Despite the difficulties that Chad underwent, he has been able to hold on for his family, especially his kids. He realized that he was not alone in these kinds of battles, as many other veterans come home with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, or even thoughts of suicide. Twenty-two veterans die every day from suicide, with another thirty passing away from an overdose.
Chad knew that veterans needed the camaraderie to get through these battles like their time in service. He created Battle22, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of what veterans go through every day. The organization helps them heal through camaraderie with like-minded battle buddies. Chad was motivated when his friend Ronnie lost his battle with his demons and stepped up to help combat the problem plaguing the veteran community.
Battle22 sells merchandise to generate revenue for charity, with proceeds going to aid veterans in the ongoing war against depression. The income they get is divided and covers the cost of goods and funding therapeutic activities for veterans. These activities are designed to provide opportunities to heal from the invisible wounds of war. Battle22 takes veterans to go hunting, water skiing, off-roading, hiking, camping, fishing, and more activities in some of the most beautiful places America offers.
Chad and others have lost too many friends to the battlefields in their heads and want to raise awareness to help them get focused on healing by providing them with the help they deserve.
To learn more about Chad and Battle22, you may visit their website.