Fishing for the Mission 22 is a non-profit organization, classified as a 501(c)(3), that focuses on providing a therapeutic approach to help heal veterans through fishing. The organization also aims to raise awareness about the alarming statistic of 22 or more veterans lost to suicide each day in the United States. This statistic highlights the ongoing mental health challenges faced by veterans and the urgent need for support.
Since the initiation of the Global War on Terror in 2001, there have been over 7,000 combat-related deaths among military personnel. Unfortunately, during the same period, the number of veteran suicides has surpassed 120,000. This staggering figure not only represents a public health crisis but is also deeply concerning and unacceptable.
Given that only one percent of the population serves in the armed forces, it is the responsibility of the remaining 99 percent to assist veterans in crisis. Fishing for the Mission 22 recognizes this duty and endeavors to provide a therapeutic outlet through fishing, offering veterans an opportunity to find solace, healing, and camaraderie. By combining the therapeutic benefits of fishing with raising awareness about veteran suicides, Fishing for the Mission 22 aims to make a positive impact on the lives of veterans and reduce the alarming suicide rates.
It is crucial for society as a whole to acknowledge the sacrifices made by veterans and to provide them with the support they need to overcome the challenges they face after their service. Organizations like Fishing for the Mission 22 play a vital role in addressing the mental health needs of veterans and promoting a culture of care and understanding for those who have served our country.