Perhaps you know of many Veteran organizations here in the United States. And many are committed to assisting and serving our Veterans, and First Responders. We all share that common parallel; that is the well-being (healing), and restoration of our Veterans and First Responders community.
Here is the Birdwell Foundation’s story. We were founded by a successful entrepreneur, and fellow Veteran, Gene Birdwell. Corporately located in Houston Texas, he saw how our Veterans were suffering from combat related PTSD/TBI, and the impact it had on their lives, and the lives of their family members. Gene Birdwell did not hesitate to step up to the forefront because of his desire to bring hope, and healing to the Veteran community. He birthed the PTSD Foundation of America, and Camp Hope. It is a place where a Veteran could come to a place of refuge for four to six months in the company of other Veterans with many wonderful programs; and be surrounded by like minded people without having to explain their thoughts, feelings, actions, or emotions. But, to talk those thoughts, feeling, actions, and emotions among people who have that practical experience and can share to other Veterans and First Responders of how they saw their way out of the darkness. It takes a community, to heal a community!
The Birdwell Foundation, non-profit organization was birthed in June of 2018. A vision to expand to not just Combat Veterans suffering from PTSD/TBI, but to include any Veteran, both men and women suffering from PTSD/TBI, and First Responders. To provide warrior and family support groups across our great nation for our Veteran and First Responder communities. To bring awareness and engage the public about the epidemic that twenty-two Veterans take their own lives. To educate the public to not stigmatize our Veterans by labeling them as “crazy”. And finally, to build a state-of-the-art facility in the North Georgia area where Veterans and First Responders can come for a period of time to find restoration, healing from the invisible scars of trauma, and to learn how to continue a healthy and loving relationship with their families. Gene Birdwell has not only funded the foundation with his own personal finances, he also contributes his time, energy, and leadership to the organization. We are fellow Veterans and First Responders who suffer from PTSD, found our way out of the darkness, broke free from the bondage of PTSD, and are now in leading roles in the organization. From Executive Director to boots on the ground. So that we can effectively assist our fellow brothers and sisters whom have served, continue to serve our country who struggles with life issues due to PTSD/TBI. We are here to serve, to assist you as a Veteran, First Responder and our community, not just by words, but with ACTIONS! We’ve been there, and we will not judge. We got your six!
Our 2018 Support Impact Since our founding in August of 2018 through the end of the year, we had seen 508 people as direct one on one meetings and 467 people in groups