AUGUSTA, September 10, 2018 – The Augusta 706ers and #Mission 22 partner up this season to aid in the war against Veteran suicide.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs 20-22 Veterans commit suicide everyday, a fact know all to well by the members of Augusta Professional Sports, LLC, the parent company of the Augusta 706ers, who recently laid to rest a close friend and coworker. “This is a very real and a very personal partnership for all of us in the ownership group” said CEO Scott Killebrew, “Because we have the platform that we do and the access to the media that we have, we feel morally obligated to sound the trumpet and bring this shocking statistic to light, we are humbled and honored to work together, with Mission 22 until that 22 becomes a zero, we are going to help change lives this season”.
As part of this partnership at the 2018/2019 home opener the Augusta 706ers will officially retire the number 22 from competitive play in honor of those we as a community have lost. Together with Mission 22 the 706ers will create special military themed 706ers gear to include a special commemorative #22 Jersey. A portion of all profits sold from the commemorative jersey will go directly to support Mission 22 and its vast array of Veteran outreach programs not only in the state of Georgia, but nationwide.
Elder Heart is the 501C3 behind Mission 22. It's Board of Directors is comprised of Special Forces operators Magnus Johnson, and Mike Kissel and Infantryman Brad Hubbard. Because of their personal battles with PTSD and TBI they have made it their mission to raise awareness, enlist support, and end veteran suicide in America.
To find Elder Heart on the IRS Non-Profit website search under "ElderHeart Inc." or EIN Number 46-2750726