We have four founding members of The IGY6; Foundation in Nevada. All are Combat Veterans and one of our members currently works as a 911 Dispatcher. We have all been affected greatly by suicide since returning home from combat. Some of us have attempted, some of us have had thoughts, and all of us have lost someone close due to suicide. Every time we would lose one of our friends and battle buddies we would say to each other, "I wish there was something I could have done, I wish I would have known." After losing one of our very close friends we decided enough was enough, we HAD to do something.
Meanwhile, after several years of being involved with "Charities" that were no more than social groups, Andy decided it was time to do more and teamed with Stephen to form The IGY6; Foundation in Florida. Andy and Stephen are both Navy Veterans who have made it their mission to ensure "No Veteran Alone."
The IGY6; Foundations in both Nevada and Florida have joined forces to make it their mission to help "fight the fight at home." We need to be there for each other and we need to reach out and check on our strong friends. We need to continue that family and brotherhood that was established through serving our country. We need to share our stories and experiences to let each other know we are not alone, in combat and at home. We are here to serve those who served.
Our goal to help any and all "at-risk" Veterans and First Responders. Whether they need a home, a job, medical care, or support with PTSD; The IGY6; Foundation is working with the community and it's leaders to improve the lives of Veterans, First Responders and their families.
We cannot do this alone!
First Responders and Veterans suicide rates are rising to an all time high. Female suicide rates in these fields are also rising exponentially. We need to do something to help protect those that protect us. Our foundation will host and attend events to foster a community where Veterans and First Responders can come to get help in times of personal crisis, feel safe, feel cared for, and find a secondary purpose. We will provide Veterans and First Responders with resources available to them to receive treatment and any assistance they need. We will strive to work with other Veterans and First Responder organizations to build a strong and supportive community to get these men and women the help they deserve. We will also be here to provide assistance and support for families that have experienced loss due to Veteran and First Responder suicide. We are stronger together!
In loving memory of our battle buddies! Till Vahalla.
We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization to help Veterans and First Responders find a secondary mission and advocate for suicide awareness and prevention. We have a passion for helping people and patriotism and love for our country comes together to build this foundation. 100% of donations go towards programs for our Veteran and First Responder community. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members understand how to deal with a Veteran or First Responder in crisis. We also want to provide a place were Veterans and First Responders feel welcome and understood.