TRAIL TO RECOVERY - APPALACHIAN TRAIL
$1,970 raised
13% of $15k goal
23 contributors
4 Years running
Jesse Bier was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 2006 with a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder. Since 2006, his life has been one of many ups and downs. He has had multiple hospitalizations, suicidal ideations, medication ...
Jesse Bier was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 2006 with a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder. Since 2006, his life has been one of many ups and downs. He has had multiple hospitalizations, suicidal ideations, medication overhauls, unemployment, incarcerations, and estrangement from family. As a veteran suffering from PTSD, Jesse spends a lot of time isolating from society and in a pit of hopelessness. In order to overcome the hopeless days, Jesse tries to reach out to other veterans and try to make a connection with their common PTSD. Throughout Jesse's time since his retirement, he and his family have been assisted by many nonprofit organizations who support veterans with both invisible and visible war injuries. Jesse's recovery is a daily struggle, but things for he and his family have greatly improved since 2006. Much of this recovery is due to the outstanding assistance provided the nonprofits. Jesse wants to give back to these organizations by raising money during his hike on the Appalachian Trail, which he has titled - Trail to Recovery. Not only does Jesse hope to raise money for these great organizations, but he also hopes to find an inner peace and calmness during the hike that will continue to help his PTSD recovery. The organizations that Jesse is supporting on the Trail to Recovery are: K9s for Warriors, Hope for the Warriors, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Combat Casualty Nurse program, and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. All of these organizations have helped Jesse and his family both emotionally and financially. K9s for Warriors provided Jesse with his service dog, Cooper, and have given Jesse the ability to leave his home and interact with society. Hope for the Warriors provided the opportunity for Jesse's family to participate in the Family Reintegration Program in New York. Jesse's visiting nurse works for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Combat Casualty Nurse program. His nurse makes monthly contact with Jesse to see if he is staying current with his medications, nutrition, sleep regiment, etc. The nurse is a liaison between Jesse and the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment for any other needed support. Finally, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund has helped Jesse and his family with financial grants to assist with transportation costs for Jesse's wife to travel between their home and the VA when Jesse was hospitalized and they also provided a very generous grant to Jesse for woodworking tools so that Jesse could begin creating various wood items.
Jesse sees his Trail to Recovery and this fundraising effort as one way to repay the organizations that helped support him and his family through the long PTSD recovery process.
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