As someone with a degree in counseling, multiple family members with mental health issues, and mental health diagnoses myself, I’m passionate about mental health on several levels. If you know me personally, you also know that I care deeply about the people around me, including an amazing family named the McArdles. The McArdles lost a loved one, Joshua, as a result of his PTSD that resulted from his service in the United States Marine Corps. Please consider donating to and/or attending this event. I know it would mean a lot to everyone involved. This family is one of the strongest, kindest, most caring families I have ever met. Please do what you can to support them, support Joshua’s legacy, and provide support for future veterans affected by PTSD as a result of putting themselves in danger every day to protect our safety and freedom who lack access to services.
As posted by the McArdle family:
“Recently, the department of Veterans affairs reported that each day 22 Veterans take their own lives. While this statistic only represents 21 states, it is clear that more must be done to ensure our military members have the proper resources and support system upon leaving the service.
Alot of people have experienced interest in supporting us from afar and this donation page will hopefully fullfill that. This June we kick off the first annual VeteRAN Jam and what we hope to be a starting point for something much bigger. With your support, we will be able to honor those in our community like Joshua A. McArdle, a veteran of the Unites States Marine Corps whom are no longer with us on earth but forever in our hearts.
Beyond this festival, we will strive to help other Veterans and their families whom struggle to live with their PTSD or mental illness.
Thank you for your support and love,
The McArdle Family”