Fishing For The Mission 22


Fishing for the Mission 22 is a 501(C)(3) which offers a therapeutic approach to help heal veterans through fishing while raising awareness to the 22+ we continue to lose to suicide every day in the United States. Since the Global War on Terror began in 2001, there have been over 7,000 combat related deaths, and in the same period, there have been over 120,000 Veteran Suicides. This is not only a public health crisis, but unacceptable. Only one percent of our Nation joins the armed forces and it’s the duty of the remaining 99 percent to help our veterans in crisis. The impact of our fishing outings on veterans’ lives is immeasurable. By providing them with a therapeutic and enjoyable experience, we witness firsthand the positive effects it has on their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Many veterans have shared stories of finding solace, camaraderie, and a renewed sense of purpose through our fishing events. We firmly believe that by supporting our cause, you are contributing to the healing journey of our nation’s heroes.

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Board of Directors

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Harold Skelton

Harold Skelton, a disabled Iraq veteran, is the passionate founder and director of Fishing for the Mission 22. Having personally endured the profound challenges of PTSD, suicidal thoughts, and depression stemming from his military service, Harold embarked on a remarkable journey to make a difference.
Motivated by the alarming statistic of 22 veterans lost to suicide daily in the United States, Harold decided to utilize his own healing experience to benefit his fellow brothers and sisters. Over the past seven years, he has undergone a transformative process and discovered the therapeutic power of fishing.
Recognizing the profound impact that fishing and the support of his children had on his own recovery, Harold made a life-altering decision. He dedicated himself to creating Fishing for the Mission 22, a nonprofit organization that harnesses the therapeutic potential of fishing to aid veterans still grappling with the hidden scars of war.
Harold’s personal journey, coupled with his unwavering commitment to saving lives, has shaped Fishing for the Mission 22 into a beacon of hope for struggling veterans. Through fishing excursions, camaraderie, and a supportive community, Harold’s organization provides a healing sanctuary where veterans can find solace, understanding, and renewed purpose. With an unyielding determination, Harold Skelton has devoted the remainder of his life to building a legacy of transformation and support for his fellow veterans. His unwavering dedication to the cause serves as an inspiration to all, demonstrating the incredible potential for healing and growth that lies within each individual.
Under Harold’s leadership, Fishing for the Mission 22 continues to expand its reach and positively impact the lives of veterans across the nation.

Ramon Lorenzi

As a board member of Fishing for the Mission 22, I bring a deep understanding of the challenges faced by veterans and their families. My personal experience in the National Guard has given me valuable insights into the unique needs and circumstances of those who have served our country. With a passion for making a positive impact, I am dedicated to promoting the well-being and empowerment of veterans through this nonprofit organization.
In my professional career, I have focused on behavioral health, working with individuals and families to address their mental health concerns and improve their overall quality of life. With almost two decades of experience, I have honed my skills in crisis intervention, family therapy, case management, and medical social work. I am independently licensed in the state of Massachusetts, ensuring that I am equipped with the necessary expertise to support the veterans we serve.
My educational background includes a Master’s degree in Social Work from Westfield State and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This combination of knowledge in both social work and business management allows me to bring a well-rounded perspective to the board. I believe in the importance of strategic planning, efficient resource allocation, and effective collaboration to maximize the impact of our organization.
Beyond my professional qualifications, I am also an advocate for families struggling with basic needs such as proper nutrition and housing. I recognize that many veterans face these challenges, and I am committed to working towards solutions. By leveraging my expertise and network, I aim to create partnerships and initiatives that directly address these issues, providing tangible support to our veteran community.
In my role as a board member, I am dedicated to fostering innovation, promoting transparency, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of Fishing for the Mission 22. Through my collaborative approach, compassionate leadership, and unwavering commitment, I strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of Fishing for the Mission 22, and I look forward to contributing my skills, knowledge, and passion to advance the organization’s mission of supporting and empowering our veterans.

John Kaloromakis

My name is John Kaloroumakis, I feel very honored to be part of fishing for the mission. My son currently serves in the Navy. I was also blessed to have both grandfather’s serve, one in the Navy and one in Marines. I have an associates degree in sports management and a bachelor’s degree in special education. I was a special education teacher in Springfield Ma, I now currently work with a severely autistic young man. I am in charge of the Sunday School for the church that I attend. I was honored to be appointed to the board of directors. I will do my best to aid and support Harold in this amazing endeavor.

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“It’s incredible what Harold has done with his non-profit”

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