Veteran Assistance Organizations
23rd Veterans Our Founder, Mike Waldron, served in the initial invasion of Iraq in the Marine Corps Infantry. Five years after combat, he began experiencing severe symptoms of PTSD which lasted for years. During that time, life became very difficult and the only thing he looked forward to was going to sleep. When the Department of Veteran Affairs published a study stating 22 veterans killed themselves every day, Mike felt like he nearly became one of those 22 veterans. The next closest to this is the 23rd Veteran. Mike was not alone. Since 9/11, an estimated 3,321,125 veterans have been in his position, planning or attempting their own suicide.
23rd Veteran is a veteran who has felt death was a viable option, but who is still here and now helping others.