22KILL works to raise awareness to the veteran suicide epidemic that is plaguing our country, and educate the public on PTS and other mental health issues. 22KILL also partners with other organizations nationwide to be able to provide a variety of programs and resources for veterans and first responders. These programs include traditional and non-traditional forms of therapy for both mental and physical health, with the primary focus being suicide prevention through empowerment.
History of 22KILL:
In 2012, the Veterans’ Administration (VA) released a Suicide Data Report that found an average of 22 veterans die by suicide everyday. The 22KILL initiative started in 2013, at first just as a social media movement to raise awareness, and later became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 22KILL is committed to researching and understanding the common issues connected with suicide; including Post Traumatic Stress and depression, the various circumstances that they stem from, their effects on the individual, and the impact that suicide has on family, friends, and the community as a whole.
As with any issue, suicide prevention begins with raising awareness. This means educating ourselves and the general public, opening up the conversation, learning to become comfortable with it, and encouraging others to do so as well. By doing this, we’ll be able to identify the often unmentioned or unaddressed issues that can lead someone to thoughts of suicide, and confront those issues as they come, rather than letting them accumulate into something much worse.
The next step is empowerment. One of the biggest challenges veterans face is finding a sense of purpose after service. 22KILL has built a vast network of organizations and resources for veterans across the country, and whether its through our own programs or through external sources, we can provide services for mental health treatment and empowerment to help veterans find that sense of purpose. The other side of this is engagement. Often times veterans will come to realize that all they really needed was the brotherhood and camaraderie that they've been missing ever since leaving the military. The 22KILL "Tribe" allows veterans to connect with like-minded individuals and gives them the opportunity to get involved with community events and projects, and be a part of something great.
22KILL is a registered 501(c)3 organization, donations are tax-deductible at the highest amount allowed by law.
About SSG Jason Wilcox
Jason grew up in Solon, IA where he varsity lettered in Football, Basketball, Track and Baseball. Jason loved to play golf, ski and hike.
Jason joined the Army after he had gone to college for almost 2 years. He was stationed with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, and they deployed to Bermel, Afghanistan from January 2006 to May 2007. Upon his return he was stationed at Fort Carson with the 4th ID. He was unable to deploy due to several shoulder and back surgeries and was given the opportunity to work with the Warrior Transition Battalion as a Squad Leader. He managed a team of 10-12 wounded warriors assigned specially for complex medical care. He then was assigned a position as a Contract Specialist (DoD Initiative for Wounded Warriors) at Petersen AFB. All the while he was also completing his BA degree in Business Administration.
Unable to be deployed, he decided that he would be medically discharged from the Army. This was a very tough decision for him because he loved being in the Army. He wanted to still be working for the soldiers he so dearly loved. He was offered a position as a Recovery Care Coordinator for the US Army as a consultant of MANCON. As a AW2 Advocate, Jason was a coordinator for recovery plans for up to 65 soldiers - he helped them navigate through their medical transition. Jason worked with soldiers and veterans by helping them locate adequate housing, jobs, assistance with grants, assistance with VA healthcare, and he provided them the knowledge of their entitled benefits. He loved what he could do for these warriors and veterans. Jason worked diligently to make sure they had what they needed and the resources. Jason was well respected by his peers and Commanding Officers. Shared by his mother, Janeen