Veterans Day is this Wednesday and we here at Heroes Martial Arts want to do something to truly honor our Veterans and help those in need.
At the height of Operation: Enduring Freedom, U.S. forces lost 904 soldiers in combat fatalities in 2007. The highest number of casualties in Afghanistan in a single year was 499, in 2010.
Every day, 22 american combat veterans commit suicide as a result of untreated or improperly treated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries. That’s 8,000 a year…more casualties annually than our armed services have seen on the battlefield since Korean war.
Veterans are using Jiu Jitsu to combat PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). As martial artists we know the benefits that Jiu Jitsu provides not only on the mat, but in our everyday lives as well.
For the month of November we will holding a gi drive for Mission 22. Bring in your old (but usable) gi gi to Heroes Martial Arts. You will get a $20 discount on a new gi and be entered into a raffle for some cool prizes such as Private lessons and gear. A veteran will get a gi to train in and we will be supporting Jiu Jitsu programs to combat PTSD.
(Raffle will be held at the end of November and prizes will continue to be announced)
Thanks to all of you and my friends Kurt Osiander and Michelle Osiander for making me aware of this great cause.