The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, in partnership with Grassroots Crisis Intervention and Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc is proud to present Project 22, a feature-length, critically-acclaimed film that brings to light the problem of suicide among military veterans. Twenty-two veterans take their own lives in America every day – one every 65 minutes.
This uplifting film, created by two battle-scarred veterans, will be shown at the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, on March 10th at 6:30 p.m. A second screening will take place at Baltimore Crisis Response, 5124 Greenwich Avenue, on March 24th at 6:30. Both screenings are open to the pubic with no charge.
From the film makers:
“After tragedy struck home…two combat-wounded veterans set out to end a little-known epidemic in America. Their 6500-mile cross-country mission was to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide among veterans and to show their brothers and sisters-in-arms that there is hope for them. During their journey, they interviewed researchers, healthcare providers and veterans. Many of those they encountered had either contemplated or attempted suicide and were able to share the lifesaving sources of hope that they had found. Asking hard-hitting questions and opening up about their own struggles, and painfully stirred on by the estimate that 22 veterans are taking their own lives every single day, Daniel and Doc will stop at nothing to reach tomorrow’s 22.”
“The young men and women returning from combat have seen and experienced things that are so horrible as to be unimaginable to those of us on the home front,” said Klump Fund Secretary Ron Pilling. “We owe it to them to help them find a way to deal with the horrific scenes that confront them every day, and to help them get beyond the ingrained warrior mentality that is a wall between them and healing. Daniel and Doc do that in Project 22, riding their motorcycles across the country in 22 days, and sharing the stories of those who have survived their suicidal thoughts and actions. It isn’t enough to wave flags and hang banners to welcome them home. We must all do more to assure their happiness and safety.”
For more information on Project 22, call the Grassroots Crisis Intervention at (410) 531-6006.