Breaking the stigma: if you don’t talk about it, it didn’t happen. Talk about it.
Greg C Washington, II
WHO IS Greg C. Washington?
Greg is an infantry officer who has served his country in Afghanistan and Iraq during the campaigns following the 9-11 attacks on the world trade centers. His exceptional leadership skills in hostile situations awarded him the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
He flourishes in fast-paced and challenging environments and uses his multi-disciplined experiences, ability to lead from a distance, deep strategy background and uncanny resourcefulness to deliver results to his comrades.
Greg is a graduate from West Point, where obtained a degree in Engineering Management with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and has an Executive MBA from the University of Tulane with a concentration in Finance.
Published in February 2021 by House of Man.
A Letter from the Founder
Dear Valued Sponsors,
Thank you for the opportunity to be considered for your support! Imagine walking across multiple state lines honoring veterans and supporters that are ready to commit to a journey to heal. This cross-cultural event is unlike any other in that it would assist in the process of healing, thriving and integration within a like-minded community. The inherent power in this kind of healing would create ripple effects leading to lasting change.
My vision is to create a culture without the damaging stigmas around mental health that keep people suffering in silence. I want to help educate and guide people to start their own journey to heal. Together, we can help to put an end to suicide through support and education while simultaneously honoring the service and sacrifices of our brothers and sisters. The reality of suicide is that it not only has negative consequences on the immediate family and friends, but it is also a costly endeavor for society at large.
Unfortunately, Veterans make up 14% of all deaths by suicide, despite only making up 8% of the US population. Many veterans who have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and complicated grief find it hard to seek the support they need. Our “Walk to Honor” will help bridge the gap and create a space for them to heal. But healing is just one part of the solution. The next is to create opportunities for others to engage in these activities and pave the way for richer futures. We are also creating a foundation called “Funds for the Fallen” that will benefit the families, children, and communities of fallen service members by supplying discretionary funds for both immediate needs and for creating a lasting legacy
through trusts and scholarships.
The premise is that this walk will be a call to action for veterans to join us in thier own jorney to heal, as well as initiate fundraising for supporting those affected by the loss of our fallen heros. As we grow, people from all over the nation could participate with this community as well as spearhead a walk like this in their own region.
With the initiation of a program like this it is our hope that we can make enough noise to curve the suicide rate one life at time.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
More U.S. Veterans Have Committed Suicide In The Last Decade Than Died In The Vietnam War.
BY THE NUMBERS
There is a mental heath crisis in America.
If we raise awareness and address the stigma that comes with it, we can save lives. And every one counts.
Healing doesn’t mean (trauma) didn’t happen. It means that it no longer controls us.
A WALK TO HONOR
Greg believes that Trauma and Grief shapes your life. They shape your why, your how, and your transition from that loss. Greg having served in the military, and having sustained injuries himself, then had to deal with the loss of his two best friends to combat.
His concept of the walk started as his own journey to heal. After years of feeling shame and guilt dealing with survivors’ remorse, of not being able to save them, he found himself spiralling into depression and facing suicide. He recognized he was not the only one suffering in silence. He then tasked himself with wanting to make a difference in their honor. He started planning a walk from Mississippi to Washington, DC, stopping to honor his friends at the African American Museum, the 9/11 Memorial, and ending at the United States Military Academy at which they attended. Along the way, Greg will be stopping in towns and communities to speak about the seriousness of the suicide rates, the danger of mental health stigmas, and urging those suffering in silence to join him for a time on his journey.
The walk begins in Mound Bayou, Greg’s family’s hometown where he regularly goes to unplug and draw strength. The founder of Mound Bayou was a newly freed slave who marched through the South to Washington DC, so that he could get his town officially recognized. Greg believes there is strength in our history and hopes to pull on that strength to bring greater awareness and recognition to the suicide rates in America.
65 DAYS WALKING + 71 DAYS ON-SITE = 136 DAYS TOTAL
MAKING A STATEMENT
Suicide is real. People are suffering in silence. Over the course of this walk if we can just make enough noise in just one day I strongly believe we can curve the suicide rate, one day at a time.
Greg C Washington, II
1. A call for veterans back from war but still fighting personal battles to start thier journey to heal alongside Greg, in person or spirit.
2. Launch the “Funds for the Fallen” program, creating legacy and immediate support for families of the fallen.
3. Help overcome the stigma of seeking mental health support, while highlighting the need for individualized, cultural sensitive therapy for trauma and grief
4. Bring national coverage and conversation about the suicide rates
STRETCH GOAL: $1MIL
A HOLISTIC APPROACH
Funds for the Fallen Program
1. Immediate funds for family of a fallen soldier- Set Dollar amount gift
2. Trust set up for family youth using 50% of donation reservation
3. Scholarship in memory for the community Set up with other 50% Reservations will be open to the public, first come first serve, who have a recently fallen military family member. Number of reservations each year
is dependent on funds raised.
Non-Profits that are aligned with the goals of House of Man, including suicide prevention/awareness, holistic wellness, and veteran care.
Thank You to our Legacy Partners and Sponsors
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