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The Bastard Fund - Be a Bastard & Help Vets With PTSD

Organized by: Anna Crocco

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Update August 2017
August 15, 2017

As you all can imagine it has been a very difficult year for us.  I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who reached out whether by See More

THE STORY:

On June 24th, 2016 this veteran so full of life, so energetic and dynamic, loved by so many, committed suicide. This is his story.

Please help us help veterans by making a donation in honor of Mike "Action Bastard" Johnson and sharing your favorite memory of him below.

#BEaBASTARD

Michael James Johnson was FUN to be around. He prided himself on making people laugh and would say just about anything to get a reaction out of you. Mike wasn't afraid to look silly or be outrageous, he lived life with passion. Mike loved Action

Mike was always there to lend a hand or an ear. He couldn't do enough for his friends and strangers alike. He was a giving and generous man who cared about people and doing the right thing but he really liked pretending he was a Bastard!

One day while watching TV he decided that naming himself after an anime cartoon was the perfect idea and his alter ego, ACTION BASTARD WAS BORN!

Mike had a lot going for him. He was in school getting his degree, he had a loving girlfriend Anna, a close relationship with his roommate Becka, tons of great friends and even a successful business that let him travel all over the US and do his favorite thing... TALK TO EVERYONE! Mike loved to talk and meet new people and his business was perfect for that.

Looking from the outside in, you'd think Mike was doing great!

On June 24th, 2016 this man so full of life, so energetic and dynamic, loved by so many, committed suicide.

You see, Mike also had a dark side that he didn't show too many of us. He was a Sergeant in the US Army and bravely served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan,seeing combat in each stop. Mike was brave, Mike was tough, Mike saved a lot of people's lives. He was a hero. But he also was one of the nicest, sweetest souls you could know and that was not a good mix for Mike.

When Mike finally left the service he was physically and mentally in bad shape. Chronic back and joint pain and severe PTSD were just a few of the things he had to live with. Most of all he had to live with the demons in his head on a daily basis.

In the United States, 22 veterans take their life EVERY DAY!

Many are full of life just like Mike and most people would never think they were suicidal. These are tough men and women who are used to dealing with life and death situations, they are leaders, they are the ultimate bad asses and now many are ashamed that they can't even control their own mind anymore.  They hide their problems, isolate and self medicate, which often leads to alcoholism and drug addiction; this only makes their problems  worse.

And of course, suicide doesn't only effect the veterans. For each of those victims, six to eight other people are profoundly affected by a devastating grief. In the U.S. alone, 4.7 million people are dealing with the aftermath of suicide. Those left behind —husbands, wives, parents, children, siblings, friends — grapple with debilitating emotions, and complex personal challenges.

THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND YET THEY DON'T GET THE PROPER MEDICAL ATTENTION!

It's clear that our veterans need our help. Our friend Mike died and we NEED to do something. We can't sit on our hands, we need to take ACTION! That's what Action Bastard would have done!

SO PLEASE, #BEaBASTARD, you can help us two ways!

DONATE TO OUR CAUSE- We are currently donating all funds to 22KILL.com, an organization run by veterans, for veterans. They distribute all funds to their partner groups that fit their mission statement. If we reach our goals and raise substantial funds we may consider spreading the money around to other veteran groups where we think it can do the most good. And if you want to help even more.....

AMPLIFY OUR MESSAGEJust sharing this page on social media can help  as much or more than money. If you can't donate, don't worry you are STILL A BASTARD! Just help us get the word out. Tell people about our FUND. You can use the share buttons under Mike's picture or use this shortcut url www.blaze.net/bastard. There is also a  photo you can post below.

If  you'd like to hear a first person account of what it's like to have PTSD, please click here to see a YOUTUBE video by  veteran Kevin Armentrout . This video lets you into the mind of someone with Combat PTSD in hopes that awareness of what's actually happening with your veteran may help you better understand and ultimately help reduce the rate of veteran suicide.

Remember, Mike LOVED to pretend he was a bastard, so you can too

#BEaBASTARD

Thank you for being a BASTARD!
Anna, Becka & Bo

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About 22KILL.com

Mission Statement:

22KILL works to raise awareness to the suicide epidemic that is plaguing our country, and educate the public on mental health issues such as PTS. 22KILL also serves as a resource for veterans, and continues to build on its network of like-minded organizations to be able to connect veterans with programs and services in their local area.

Funds raised through merchandise sales and donations are used to support partnered organizations who offer programs focusing on veteran empowerment, mental health treatment, and therapy/counseling for veterans and their families.

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To This Fundraiser

$7,060

 

47% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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  • Anna Crocco

    $100

  • J.Ed Baker

    $25

  • firemandcb

    $25

  • Tracey Hallsworth

    $25

  • Jennifer Lawless

    $50

  • another bastard's friend

     

  • FeistyJess & Pendorbound

    $50

  • Ashley Libbrecht

    $25

  • Kittybeans

    $25

  • Mym & Quasi

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • SassysHunger

    $25

  • Sara Sandler

    $50

  • Ashley & Matt

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Nevaeh35

    $50

  • Lew Rubens

    $25

  • Frank Crocco

    $100

  • Princesskerrikins/Max

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • The Fuhs Family

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rachel

    $18

  • Ian Michaels

    $25

  • Flashback Bar Memorial - Watertown NY

    $500

  • BDSM Events Calendar

    $20

  • Kari Toney & Family

     

  • Charmer

    $50

  • Kishi

    $75

  • Nayland Blake

    $25

  • Laine

    $100

  • Purple Passion

    $100

  • Christine Murray

    $25

  • Geoff Miller

    $25

  • Lolita Wolf

    $25

  • Randy Williams

    $50

  • Michelle rollman

    $50

  • Dulcie Arnold

    $25

  • ABR Events

    $110

  • B and Mags

    $100

  • James

     

  • Princess Wendy

     

  • TES

     

  • Madame Wiladina Boutique

    $40

  • Glamma

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Brian and Julie

    $50

  • Sarah Noel

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Mike S.

    $25

  • Your Friends From Lady's Wicked Playground

    $223

  • Cathy & Steve grod

    $50

  • arjguaina

     

  • A.S.H.

    $200

  • Ashley Libbrecht

    $25

  • Flrty_Bastard

    $10

  • Rya

    $25

  • Katie

    $25

  • The Beaver Family

    $25

  • FLICK

    $25

  • Josh and Rosanne

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Peggy Sharkey

    $25

  • EDK

    $50

  • Justa DD

    $50

  • Dan and Lori Curry

    $10

  • Purple Passion

    $200

  • Stephen Kent

    $100

  • Ropecraft NOLA

    $1,600

  • Larry & Cheryl

     

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Donor Comments

Larry & Cheryl

Larry & Cheryl

We loved Mike so much 1 month ago

Ropecraft NOLA

Ropecraft NOLA

DONATION: $1,600

1 month ago

Stephen Kent

Stephen Kent

DONATION: $100

APeX Capital Ball 2017 & PXS 2017 attendees 4 months ago

Purple Passion

Purple Passion

DONATION: $200

Collected from the Purple Passion staff and their customers 10 months ago

Dan and Lori Curry

Dan and Lori Curry

DONATION: $10

10 months ago

Justa DD

Justa DD

DONATION: $50

RIP, Happy Veteran's Day 10 months ago

EDK

EDK

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

Peggy Sharkey

Peggy Sharkey

DONATION: $25

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

11 months ago

Josh and Rosanne

Josh and Rosanne

DONATION: $100

We never got to hang out and drink whiskey. We always talked about it, but we never had the chance. 11 months ago

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