“THIS IS NOT A DRILL!” These were the words Chaplain (LTC) Ken Koon founder of Armed Forces Mission and the Courageous Challenge shared with 200 cadets gathered on Livesey Field for NCO training. It was May 8th, two days after we lost Cadet Blake Oviedo.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL is also the rally cry for the 2021 Boar’s Head Brigade Courageous Challenge on September 25th. Echo Company needs your support in raising funds for the Challenge. Our Company goal is $2000. Seven members of Echo Company will knock out as many push ups as possible in 21 minutes all for the purpose of raising awareness and funds to turn the tide on suicide at UNG and throughout the region.
Your support is the real key to success which has allowed Armed Forces Mission to conduct more than 1600 successful suicide interventions. Your support also helps provide the Listen Learn Lead curriculum that is used in the training of community members to build a culture of mental health. More than 20,000 individuals have been trained nationwide. UNG and the North Georgia region are a high priority mission in training thousands more.
On August 12th 27 Cadet leaders were trained in the model that is saving lives. Your support makes it possible to sustain this ongoing training initiative because this is not a drill. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 30 and 1 in 10 people have thoughts of suicide each year.
Echo Company will push up through the pain and we ask for your support so that those at risk can find hope in their pain.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORT!