The Patriot Project is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit veterans organization aimed at reducing the number of veteran suicides with offices in Wheaton, Illinois; California and Texas.
Founded by Kenny DeAndrea, retired from the US Marine Corps. and Suicide Survivor himself, shared that in 2013, the US Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that approximately 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one in every the 65 minutes. Veterans accounted for 18% of all suicide deaths among US adults, while veterans made up 8.5% of the US population.
“People always say, ‘If only I could have done something,'” he said. People don’t like to talk about suicide, but that’s exactly what they need to do, said founder Kenny DeAndrea.
The Patriot Project’s mission is to reduce the number of veteran suicides from twenty-two a day to zero through veteran awareness, intervention, and engagement programs.
Operation Home Safe works through many agencies across the country and is able to get our veterans off the streets and into safe housing immediately.
Operation Health and Wellness to come in December 2017.
Vet Pets recognizes the benefits of pets and is on a mission to ensure that every veteran who wants a dog gets a dog.
Veterans Employment Services has a network of placement agencies and vocational rehabilitation organizations that are instrumental in securing employment for veterans. The Patriot Project periodically hosts career fairs where local businesses are invited to meet veterans entering or re-entering the job market. Thanks to Veteran Force, veterans make up 80% of the Patriot Project workforce.
Veteran Force, Vet Pets, Home Safe, and Operation Health and Wellness are programs run by the Patriot Project.
Kenny DeAndrea then repeated, “Tomorrow when I wake up 22 more veterans will be dead, and we as Americans cannot allow this to continue and as for me, I was trained as a U.S. Navy to never leave anyone behind.”
To request assistance, email us at [email protected] and attach a copy of your DD214. If you need food or shelter, call us ASAP at 888-842-1088.
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