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PTSD Awareness : Combat Injured Troops

In honor of June being PTSD Awareness Month, we at The Life Chest want to call attention to some of the issues our American soldiers face as the realities of combat. The statistics are jarring, but we believe that there is power in being informed, and understand that there are many who are unaware of the spectrum of problems that may follow our troops home.

For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven were wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.

In addition to physical wounds, it’s estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression, and PTSD. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while deployed.

PTSD is claiming the lives of 22 veterans PER DAY. The numbers continue to rise and we must remember that without our veterans we would not have the freedoms that have become the norm of our everyday lives.



22 a Day – An Image from Combat Injured Troops

22 a Day – An Image from Combat Injured Troops

Transitioning back into “normal” life can be difficult for veterans upon arriving home, and that transition may prove to be even tougher for those injured in combat or dealing with PTSD. Luckily, there are many charities and organizations who strive to make a difference in these wounded veteran’s lives.

One such organization is the All Veteran Group. They are focused on representing military veterans through parachute demonstrations, tandem parachute experiences, brand ambassador programs, sponsorships & special events. They have a program called Therapy in the Air, where combat-injured troops have the opportunity to skydive with the All Veteran Group founder, Mike Elliott. Therapy in the Air is both therapeutic and rewarding to veterans. The All Veteran Group’s Therapy in the Air skydiving program “… helps warriors thrive through post-traumatic growth (PTG)…  [It] inspires individuals during rehabilitation, reintegration and during the healing process.”

The All Veteran Group

The All Veteran Group

One such positively impacted combat-injured veteran is Todd Love, a testament to both the power of the human spirit as well as the impact that Therapy in the Air produces.Todd Love was a U.S. Marine, and was injured in an IED explosion while he was deployed in Afghanistan. As a triple amputee, Todd dreamed of being able to skydive with Mike Elliott; however, his doctors told him it wasn’t a possibility. With the help and training of Mike Elliott, the invention of a special tandem harness, and the joy of the jump, Todd proved them wrong. Todd has completed over 200 skydives with Mike Elliott to date, and the happiness it brings him is incredible.

Mike Elliott and Todd Love

Mike Elliott and Todd Love

Todd Love is a USMC veteran who lost both of his legs and his left hand to an IED in Afghanistan, who's determined to not let that get in the way of ANYTHING (Watch Todd's story: http://vimeo.com/23424390). He has been surfing, skiing, scuba diving, wrestling alligators, and now learning to skydive.

The Life Chest is currently holding a CrowdRise campaign in order to raise money to donate Life Chests to combat-injured veterans. Life Chests serve to provide a special place for those who have served or are currently serving in the military to keep their most treasured mementos and keepsakes. By having their very own Life Chest, they will have the opportunity to constantly be reminded of major milestones, and intimate memories. With the help of your donations, after the combat-injured solders complete their skydive with Mike Elliott through Therapy in the Air, they will be presented a Life Chest.

Save a life and leave a legacy… Please donate today to The Life Chest and give our incredible veterans something special. Visit our CrowdRise page at CrowdRise.com/LeaveaLegacy and make a difference!



PTSD Awareness Month

At The Life Chest our soldiers are very important to us. That is why, this month of June, we would like to recognize that it is PTSD awareness month.

PTSD is known as post-traumatic stress disorder. It can occur following a life-threatening event such as military combat. Those who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. The disorder is the catalyst for many difficulties within a person’s life.

According to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, about 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime and the numbers are even higher for members of the armed forces.

It has been reported that our veterans are committing suicide at a rate of 22 lost each day, a staggering statistic that means we’re losing a hero every 65 minutes. At The Life Chest, we have partnered with the All Veteran Group to combine the healing potentials of our Chests with their amazing skydiving program called Therapy in the Air. With programs like Therapy in The Air, our veterans are getting the support they need to find hope in the aftermath of traumatic events and live their lives to fullest.

It is important that those suffering from PTSD can be reminded about the happier moments they’ve had throughout their lifetime. The Life Chest is currently holding a CrowdRise campaign in order to raise money to donate Life Chests to combat injured veterans who have served in the military. Our Life Chests serve to provide a special place for those who have served, or are serving in the military to keep their most treasured mementos and keepsakes. By having their very own Life Chest, they will have the opportunity to constantly be reminded of major milestones, and intimate memories.

The All Veterans group and the LifeChest is hoping to donate LifeChests to soldiers after completing the Therapy in the Air program. Therapy in the Air is “…[a skydiving program that] helps warriors thrive through post-traumatic growth (PTG). PTG refers to positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances… Therapy in the Air inspires individuals during rehabilitation, reintegration and during the healing process… they have the power to tell new stories that will help them overcome adversity and move forward. Through telling new stories, warriors are able to rebuild a sense of self—to reconstruct an understanding of who they are, their place in the world and what their expectations of the world are.” After the combat injured solders complete Therapy in the Air, they will be presented a LifeChest with the help of your donations.

Everyone has a story worth telling, and we can’t think of anyone better to help preserve his or her most treasured moments than our American veterans. Your donation ensures that their legacy lives on. Save a life and help our veterans leave a legacy! Donate today in any amount you can, and give our incredible veterans something special.

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise

CrowdRise for Combat Injured Troops and All Veteran Group

Join The Life Chest Team May 1st through June 30th as we launch our Crowdrise campaign benefitting the All Veteran Group! Our goal is to raise $100,000, which will be used to donate 100 Freedom Life Chests to combat-injured troops and other veterans across the country.

The Freedom Chest was designed with veterans in mind, with the direct input of US Army Special Forces members at Fort Bragg. A Life Chest would provide a place for veterans to store their most meaningful items. A Life Chest is a place for veterans to hold their memories until they’re ready to be shared, and becomes a tangible source of healing and growth.

22 veterans a day commit suicide, which means we lose a hero every 65 minutes. That statistic is something that the All Veteran Group is working to turn around through their Therapy in the Air program, “…[a skydiving program that] helps warriors thrive through post-traumatic growth (PTG).  PTG refers to positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. Skydiving has an unparalleled sense of freedom mingled with excitement unlike that of any other sport.  Therapy in the Air inspires individuals during rehabilitation, reintegration and during the healing process. They assist with helping individuals realize that they have the power to tell new stories that will help them overcome adversity and move forward. Through telling new stories, warriors are able to rebuild a sense of self—to reconstruct an understanding of who they are, their place in the world and what their expectations of the world are.”

Through creating our Crowdrise campaign and partnering with the All Veteran Group, our goal at The Life Chest is to complement the Therapy in the Air program with the donation of one hundred Freedom Life Chests. A Life Chest would serve as a physical manifestation of everything a veteran has accomplished in their life. With a Life Chest, they can store or display their awards, accolades, and other memorabilia collected while defending their country. So much in our modern world is immediate, fleeting, and ultimately, disposable.

The Life Chest is a place of memory and comfort and tells the story of its owner, making it the most soulful product on the planet. They can consciously create their story and construct their legacy while living right there in the moment. A Life Chest allows them to look back on all of the amazing aspects of their lives and to tell their life’s story, while at the same time serving as a bridge for that person’s spirit to continue on even after they have left the earth. There are so many forces in the world that destroy, but we believe in growth, positivity, and above all, the power of the human spirit. Nothing can stand a chance against a human spirit filled with the power and determination of hope. Save a life and leave a legacy… Please donate today to The Life Chest and give our incredible veterans something special.

Visit our Crowdrise page at www.crowdrise.com/LeaveaLegacy and make a difference!

Please view our Video for more information and for a look into our mission.


Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise