RIDGELAND, SC (WSAV) – This is a Lowcountry organization with one goal, to help veterans enjoy their post-service life and to make sure they know they are not alone.
Operation Patriots Forward Operating Base (OPFOB) is hosting a big show to raise money for programs to help the men and women who have served.
The latest statistics show that up to 44 veterans commit suicide every day. The OPFOB works every day to show them that there are other options and better days ahead.
“We’ve had a lot of veterans that we’ve helped in one way or another,” said OPFOB founder Roy Brown, Jr. “We are often asked questions about measurables. Our biggest measurable thing is that any veteran or first responder who walked through our door did not commit suicide and we’re pretty proud of that.
JR, as his friends call him, served three years in Iraq as a marine and contractor. JR dealt with his own PTSD issues after returning from the war. He used the VA and participated in a variety of treatment plans, and even found a civilian psychologist he could work with.
But being outdoors, whether working, golfing, hunting, fishing or shooting, has always relieved JR of all his stress and anxiety.
And connecting with like-minded combat veterans through outdoor activities to restore the camaraderie JR had throughout his years of deployments helped foster even more healing.
He bought property in Ridgeland and turned it into a place to shoot, play fishing, and most importantly connect with other veterans who might need help.
The OPFOB is hosting a benefit concert Saturday night at its Ridgeland property, with 100% of proceeds going to its mission.
The show is headlined by Justin Moore, who has the number one country song in the country right now.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are still available. If you can’t make it yourself, you can also buy a ticket for a veteran to watch the show.
If you want to know more about tickets or how you can sponsor a veteran to come to the show, click or tap here.