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Causes: Health, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: 22 Warriors Foundation's Mission is to eliminate the astronomical number of daily Veteran, First Responder and their family members suicides and deaths from high risk behaviors, such as alcohol and drug abuse, through Action, volunteering, suicide prevention services, and Fundraising. 22 Warriors Foundation is committed to continuously building strong relationships with the Veteran and First Responder Communities as well as the local, state , and national networks of people and organizations that can and will take action to eliminate these suicides.

Results: 22 Warriors Foundation has directly assisted hundreds of Veterans, First Responders, and family members and indirectly assisted thousands in get the assistance they need to help themselves. 22 Warriors Foundation has placed several Service Dogs with Veteran Partners at No cost to the Veteran, although usually $1500 per Service Dog. 22 Warriors Foundation has also provided Emergency Assistance upon referral and verification from VA and VSO Partners, that allow these Heroes to receive a Hand Up not a Hand Out. Examples have been helping with Union Dues and Tools to go to work the next day, help pay Cable or Phone bill to be able to complete job searches online, and other areas like this.

Target demographics: 22 Warriors Foundation's Mission is to take ACTION to Eliminate the Suicides commited by Veterans, First Responders and their Family Members

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 Veterans, First Responders, and Family Members.

Geographic areas served: Las Vegas, Nevada as well as other Nevada locations as the WSP Foundation's Nevada Division.

Programs: .22 Warriors Foundation has directly assisted hundreds of Veterans, First Responders, and family members and indirectly assisted thousands in get the assistance they need to help themselves. 22 Warriors Foundation has placed several Service Dogs with Veteran Partners at No cost to the Veteran, although usually $1500 per Service Dog. 22 Warriors Foundation has also provided Emergency Assistance upon referral and verification from VA and VSO Partners, that allow these Heroes to receive a Hand Up not a Hand Out. Examples have been helping with Union Dues and Tools to go to work the next day, help pay Cable or Phone bill to be able to complete job searches online, and other areas like this.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure and a privilege getting to know some of the fine people involved with 22 Warriors. Dave Austin, Mark Gorodetzer, and Bill Emmel are great examples of people who not only care, but are dedicated to assisting Veterans, First Responders and their families. Wonderful job by everyone involved in this great cause!
I will continue to support 22 Warriors and attend their events.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about the 22 Warriors Foundation about 2 1/2 years ago, shortly after moving to the Las Vegas area. I was immediately struck by how simple the concept was in order to make such a huge difference to some of our veterans. Knowing that 22+ veterans take their own lives every day but by providing them a service dog, 98% of those who consider suicide don't follow through is a very powerful statistic.

I attended a luncheon where COO/VP of 22 Warriors, Dave Austin was the speaker. But instead of Dave talking for 30 - 45 minutes and telling us about this organization, he let the work they do speak for itself by bringing a veteran, his service dog and the dog's trainer with him. You could see the passion Dave brings to this group, but you could feel how effective these dogs are by listening to the veteran talk about the differences in his life because of the dog. He had hope again.

Soon after this lunch, I was invited to one of their monthly networking events. The comradery between those in attendance and the underlying purpose of this group is one of the reasons I continue to support and attend their monthly events.

1 Eli S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of coming together with 22 Warriors on a few events and I love seeing that they do. They are an organization that truly connects with veterans. They don’t just throw money at a problem and try to fix it. They truly connect with veterans and meet their needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the mother of a Soldier, and an Army Brat I have lived around the Military all my life. I share the office with 22 Warriors and help with Family outreach. Bill Emmell and I have grown together in our understanding of how being a Soldier affects the Mothers when we do not hear from them.....I have a better understanding of how going to War effects the young men & women and they do not really know that so much time goes by without communication. I understand my Son more and he talks to his Mom more.
We have Nevada Veteran Advocates in the office and when my Son was in town he was able to meet with one. My Son had a claim that had been on appeal for 2 years and some new medical issues. Bob a Marine Veteran and Advocate helped my Son better understand the process and helped him file new paperwork .
We are all helping because we know personally just how important it is to talk to someone who understands because we feel their pain.
I represent American War Mothers and am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization. Chere' Pedersen (President of american war Mothers) NV State

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization Bill really does this out of a genuine concern for his fellow veterans.

1 Aaron M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bill and the 22 Warriors Foundation does amazing work for our Veteran community. I support Bill and commend him for his hard work and dedication.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

22 Warriors has been a solid resource and their work on getting Veterans to become active has shown.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The 22 Warriors Foundation is committed to serving wounded warriors and first responders where little other assistance is available. We see them in our Southern Nevada veteran's community at many outreach events, but more importantly, we've seen the work they do behind the screen. They not only collaborate with other veteran's non-profit agencies, but are typically the non-profit that provides the most direct services to our wounded warriors.

22 Warriors Foundation supports several vital initiatives aimed to relieve the psycho-physiological stress of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury. They not only support the service member, but their families as well, a vital link in caring for our veterans.

We very much appreciate both the work that 22 Warriors Foundation is doing, and the way they do it. 22 Warriors Foundation primary fundraising arm is a social event that gathers veteran's and those who support them in a monthly BBQ sponsored networking event. BY creating and maintaining this network event, we have seen an expansion of awareness of the issues that our veteran's face in the larger community, and have gained increased support from these events.

I most fully support the efforts of 22 Warriors Foundation in supporting Brain Rehabilitation for our wounded warriors. There is clear and exciting research demonstrating that those who have suffered from TBI, PTSS, and many other mental health imbalances, can be restored to full function, in a very brief time, with the Brain Rehabilitation tools supported by this excellent veteran's non-profit. Time and again, we have seen that servicemembers who participate in this Brain Rehab approach do better then their peers in their recovery, and are able to more fully participate in their lives, their families, and their communities, after receiving assistance

Thank you 22 Warriors Foundation. We will support this Non-profit agency unti 22 becomes zero.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great charity. What is better than giving back to the vets who gave their all for us? This charity is well organized and is 100% about taking care of our vetrens. I enjoy going to their functions, great cause great food and great people

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Bill at 22 Warriors for almost a year. We have been able to address some immediate needs for several Veterans. In some cases they have invested significant time and energy to go meet with people on the Veteran's behalf. Other times, they have helped move or taken the Vet to get new tires for their car or directly paid a bill to keep a Vet from being homeless or without food or utilities. They have been very carful insuring the Vet has a legitimate need and is a good stuart of donor funds. They show up for Vets and keeps their word, this is why Veterans respect him and 22 Warriors. Thank you Bill

John Henry Parker
Author/Audiobook Narrator: Transitioning Veterans

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was asked to be a member of the board for 22 Warriors Foundation, I did it with one condition....I can handle the social media for Facebook. Permission granted, I am the CMO. I was very impressed with the mission and its determination to eliminate veteran suicide. Trying to raise funds for service dogs, is not a cheap proposition. They are dedicated to find ways to raise money and give veterans a reason for living. It is a labor love, but one that is very rewarding.

1 Mark G.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not a veteran, but was suicidal for an extended period of time. I created a bbq championship, to be held Oct 2020, to benefit Warrior Suicide Prevention. I was looking for an organization that was as committed as I was to help those in need, but to also educated those thru suicide awareness. 22 Warriors Foundation has given me a purpose and provided me with an extended family. Through 22 Warriors Foundation, i have met vets from other organizations and they have welcomed me. My life is better than it was 13 months ago, but everything is still a process. I am grateful for meeting Bill Emmel and the 22 Warriors Foundation family.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I don't normally go every month but is very informational and there are other veteran organizations/organizations who come to share and network. I just recently let someone know I can periodically volunteer my time with this organization.