Fueled by love of country and belief that WE THE PEOPLE can and will create solutions,
BROTHERHOOD BRIDGE FOUNDATION is a combat Veteran founded non profit working to build PARTNERSHIPS which mobilize the CRITICAL MASS POWER of Veterans, communities and resources focused on HEALTH, PURPOSE and PEOPLE - the three main pillars dedicated to a successful military-to-civilian transition.
WE'VE GOT YOUR SIX - WE WON'T LET YOU DOWN
Veterans are Americas Greatest Natural Resource
It’s time to REINTRODUCE AMERICA TO HER VETERANS, break societies stigma that warriors are broken, heal the culture behind the Veteran suicide epidemic, lift the many burdens that plague our returning Veterans and lead a resurgence of strength in community by building a Tribe of cohesive, engaged citizens.
CARRYING ON THE WARRIOR SPIRIT OF 'DEUCE FOUR'
COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION
We are not going to win this battle unless we all work together - A mentality we refer to as TRIBE.
Sebastain Junger eloquently narrates a basic concept of TRIBE in his book and TEDx talk - 'Our Lonely Society Makes it Hard to Come Home from War'.
We cannot be involved as Veterans, as first responders, as nonprofits, as suicide prevention organizations, as families, as communities, as concerned citizens or whichever participant box you check, in a zero sum game. It is our responsibility to not assign a defeatist label unto Veterans, but rather recognize the challenges warriors face are merely symptoms of the trials they have endured and show the world how resilient, capable and benevolent they really are - while diluting the injurious social competition focused on manipulating the Veteran brand simply for donor dollars and flagrant glory.
YOU, ME, WE, US ... TRIBE
The saying IT TAKES A VILLAGE has never been so true.
There is no one size fits all solution, but collectively we have the power to win the battle -it's time to TRIBE UP to ignite the critical mass and work in PARTNERSHIP to mobilize the power of Veterans, communities and resources focused on three main pillars - Health, Purpose and People.
While studies show all of those pillars sound well and good, three major hurdles exist –
(1) Isolated information silos, instrumental barriers and stigma to help and resources;
(2) Distrust among the Veteran community to utilize help and resources;
(3) Lack of structure and engaged citizenship between Veterans, Communities and Nonprofits.
We are here to stand with our brothers and sisters to break those barriers by creating TRIBES of engaged citizens - drawing together and uniting the skills and experiences of Veterans and their families with their hometown communities and trusted nonprofits to anchor leadership pillars focused on providing our Veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military:
Access to trusted, relevant resources, peer-to-peer support and accountability, structure and physical activity aimed to strengthen, reshape and push forward as better PHYSICAL, MENTAL & EMOTIONAL versions of themselves.
A sense of MISSION & PASSION for continued service gained by working alongside hometown organizations and non profits utilizing their leadership, skills and capabilities to lead a resurgence of strength in community.
Engaged citizenship that fosters honest, reliable, trusting personal relationships, close social bonds and social networks that MINIMIZE feelings of ISOLATION and DISCONNECTION.
Tribe - Sebastian Junger
'Our Lonely Society Makes it Hard to Come Home From War' .... Let’s put that in perspective.
Neither the problem nor the solution is singular, rather far greater than any individual person, community or organization can offer. Veterans bring skills and capabilities to communities. Communities bring opportunity, inclusion and focus to Veterans. Organizations bring the necessary collaborative structure. Each needing what the other brings to the TRIBE to mutually heal, thrive and flourish.
We Want You!
We served together, we heal together. The BROTHERHOOD. It's not only you, it's us. Moving forward, healing and the constant battle of facing our demons takes courage. There are many struggles we face as combat Veterans and no one size fits all solution, but there is a solution. We will help you bridge the gap, but you must take the first step... REACH OUT.
We've got your six.
Only with your participation can we make it possible to help Veterans and their families help themselves. IT TAKES A VILLAGE. Camaraderie, purpose and a sense of fellowship with their communities is the key to successfully & sustainably reintegrating Veterans from combat-to-community. TRIBE UP if you will in creating a strong, healthy, positive impact on your community.
We collaborate with a trusted network of specialist, professionals and reintegration focused organizations, who EMPOWER Veterans and their families to look beyond illness, injury and challenges to regain purpose and focus on moving their life forward in a positive, sustainable manner. If you are UNITED in this mindset, let's explore how we can TRIBE UP to help your organization become stronger.
Awareness to Action
SEMPER PARATUS CAMPAIGN & TOUR
A communication and collaboration focused collective impact effort led by BROTHERHOOD BRIDGE FOUNDATION to embrace the fellowship of humanity and ignite a TRIBE of critical mass engaged citizens.
SEMPER PARATUS CAMPAIGN
A coalition of military-to-civilian transition focused Veterans, their families and caregivers, trusted nonprofits, benevolent private sector supporters, military transition allies, community leaders and caring citizens who have come together to open dialog, instigate critical mass relationships focused on HEALTH -PURPOSE-PEOPLE and establish hometown leadership TRIBE pillars community-by-community.
SEMPER PARATUS TOUR
A high impact, critical mass event tour of cities, towns and communities with a MISSION to draw together, unify and establish local, centralized networks of engaged citizens - Veterans, families, community organizations and nonprofits across the US, community-by-community. These constituencies will focus on identifying the challenges faced by their hometown Veterans and collectively implement executable actions to anchor sustainable hometown pillars focused on:
(1) empowering Veterans and their families to look beyond illness and injury to help themselves;
(2) leading a resurgence of strength in community; and
(3) supporting nonprofit organizations to do what they are already created to do, only better.
We welcome and encourage you to stand with Americas Veterans, your hometown communities, trusted organizations and Brotherhood Bridge Foundation to ignite a critical mass of TRIBE!
NO MORE EXCUSES
We are not here to defend or attack the statistical Veteran suicide numbers or demand awareness, place blame, point fingers or shun accountability. The time for action and solutions is now, because later is too late.
Suicide is not a solution;
Surviving day-to-day is not living;
Reliance on alcohol, drugs or chemicals (legal or illegal) is not a solution;
Anger destroys people, relationships, families;
Emotional scars are just as devastating as suicidal scars;
Adrenaline and addiction to chaos must be fed in a constructive way;
Reconnect to the lost sense of purpose and brotherhood;
There is a cause and effect to every decision;
Band of Brothers: We need to do a better job of looking after each other;
Break the silence. Stories need to be told and heard;
Defeat the stigmas of seeking help. Healing takes courage;
Isolated in the darkness of your own head is the worst place to be.
There comes a tipping point in every life, in that moment, you must choose your direction. Our tipping point …
There are countless Veterans who are struggling, and numerous organizations who are reaching out, but the one missing piece of the bridge is YOU, our friends, families and communities. In a world that feels injured, go beyond awareness and be part of the healing.
BROTHERHOOD BRIDGE advocates direct personal engagement to combat self-destructive Veteran behaviors.WE NEED YOU NOT YOUR MONEY to help us close the gap. Stop the suicide epidemic and lift the burdens carried home by our Veterans by embracing the fellowship of humanity. It Takes a Village.
STAND with us in connecting Veterans, communities and trusted organizations to successfully integrate Veterans into civilian life. With each person who connects, the bridge gets stronger. PLEDGE to...
Put down the electronics, step off social media and dedicate 22 minutes a day to being present, engaged face-to-face with someone who may be struggling.;
Encourage others who share the mindset to pledge;
Bring individuals or organizations who are making a difference to our attention. Drop us an email. We'd love to connect with them.
Your pledge is honorary. Your commitment and accountability comes from you. By officially pledging, your name will be added to our email list, and your city, state will help us track our reach. Click PLEDGE to learn more.
Veterans and communities need one another. Veterans and their families need more than what any individual person or organization can offer. Veterans bring skills and capabilities to communities. Building networks and partnerships is necessary, but collaboration takes hard work and trust. There are organizations who are reaching out and making a difference, but to be sustainable we all need each other to support, encourage and bring together Veterans, communities and trusted organizations who understand the struggle, have pertinent training and provide applicable assistance for successful military-to-civilian transition.
BBF seeks to ignite critical mass, community-by-community, to unite the skills and experiences of military Veterans and their families with their hometown communities and NPOs to provide our Veterans with three things they lose after leaving the mlitary...
1. A continued passion for service; by working alongside hometown community organizations and NPOs providing the greatest service and impact possible;
2. Renewed focus, purpose and a sense of belonging; gained thru utilizing their leadership skills and recognizing the impact their personal skills make within their families and communities;
3. Peer-to-Peer support; aimed to strengthen, reshape and push forward as better physical and mental versions of themselves.
You can make a difference. Be part of the solution. TEAM UP with integration focused organizations, communities and like-minded individuals to engage Veterans in your community ONE STEP at a time.
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If you would like information about how you can get support, or if you'd like to give your support, get in touch direct by email HQ@brotherhoodbridge.org.