I want to give a BIG thank you to all of the great support during my 2013 fundraiser for the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Military Veterans. Through the generosity of companies and individuals, I raised $12,500 for Achilles. Philanthropy is a major force that drives non-profits in today’s market, and when companies give to veteran organizations, it shows their support for our wounded men and women. 2014 is approaching, and I am sensing wonderful things for the Achilles Freedom Team.
Why is the Achilles Freedom Team an important organization for our veterans? Military personnel learn a valuable tool while serving: Team work is what gets you through the perils of war. Team work is everything. It is the difference between life and death. It is the driving force that makes our military the best in the world. When a service member is discharged, they leave behind them the team that they grew close to while serving. This often causes distraught and in many cases, suicide. According to a 2012 VA study, 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year; a toll of about 22 per day. That is significant, and a big problem. This is where the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Military Veterans comes in to help. Achilles provides opportunities for wounded veterans to return to a team setting and compete in mainstream sporting events such as the upcoming 2013 New York Marathon. By reintegrating the veterans into a team, they essentially reduce the prevalence of suicide and increase the possibility that the veteran will return to the workforce. But they can’t do this alone. They need the help of donors like you to keep the program going. By joining forces with Achilles, you are telling our veterans that their service is appreciated. Your logo will also be attached to my hand-cycle, which will be displayed in the upcoming Boston Marathon for thousands to see. How cool is that? Marketing power via a combat-injured veteran hand-powered wheelchair!
What is my role within the organization? I am a combat-injured U.S. Army mechanized infantryman, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. I served 8 years on active duty with one year in the Middle East with the 3rd Infantry Division. I race using a hand-crank wheelchair (hand-cycle) for Achilles, and have been with them since 2010. Prior to being with Achilles, I attempted suicide in 2008. I was later diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and multiple sclerosis, all of which are related to time in service. Achilles turned my life around by reintroducing me to military life, via civilian style! During the time I have been with them, I have raised over $25,000. This money goes to help veterans participate in a mainstream event such as the 2014 Boston Marathon.
What does your donation provide? Your donation provides the following:
- $3,500 purchases one hand-crank wheelchair for an Achilles athlete to use in a mainstream marathon
- $1,000 sponsors a year of running, walking, and rolling for children with disabilities in the Achilles Kids School Program
- $500 sponsors one international athlete in the ING NYC Marathon
- $250 sponsors one domestic athlete in the ING NYC Marathon
- $100 purchases five pairs of running shoes for low-income children with disabilities in the Achilles Kids program.
- $50 purchases 10 Achilles T-shirts for members to wear at mainstream races
Will you help me support our wounded service members and make a donation to Achilles today? Thank you for your time and interest in the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Vets.
Disabled U.S. Army Iraq Combat Veteran
105 Springdale Rd.
Statesboro, GA 30458
For other options, and for detailed information about market exposure possibilities, please contact Genna Griffith, Director of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans at: ggriffith@ achillesinternational.org or 212-354-0300 ext 307.
MISSION: The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, to promote personal achievement, enhanced self-esteem, and the lowering of barriers between people.
LEGAL: Achilles International is a registered 501(c)(3) organization: Tax ID: 13-331829
I am featured in an episode of the show “Mystery Diagnosis” —a program on the Oprah Winfrey Network. You can find the episode on YouTube: keywords 'Greg Sapp'.
Other features about my story:
George-Anne Daily: http://shar.es/0hfG9 & http://shar.es/0hfcI
Savannah Morning News: http://savannahnow.com/news/2010-09-05/local-man-featured-mystery-diagnosis
Savannah Morning News: http://savannahnow.com/accent/2010-01-26/rare-nerve-disorder-strikes-former-athlete-former-runner-launches-web-site-those