Project Diehard was founded by Brian Gibson, who spent 26 years as a Soldier and Combat Medic. Gibson lost more of my Brothers and Sisters to suicide when returning home than he did during his time deployed in combat. He wanted to bring awareness to Veteran Suicide, which led him to start Project Diehard. ProjectDiehard was formed on April 22, 2018.
ProjectDiehard, a non-profit Limited Liability Company, is proud to partner with Four Rivers Behavioral Health and the QPR Institute. They are hosting QPR Gatekeeper Training on March 9 from 11 am - 2 pm. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
The training will take place at 2380 John L Puryear Drive in Paducah. Participants will receive a free spirit biker church t-shirt. The cost is $22 with lunch provided. There is only room for 80 people due to certification issues and those interested are encouraged to sign up today.
Gatekeeper training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. The goal is simple…to bring public awareness to veteran suicide and to assist veterans in coping with the stress and difficulties in transitioning from active duty military to civilian life.
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Project Diehard LLC
Founder/President Brian Gibson
Gibson had extensive dealings with the Veterans Administration (VA) in two separate instances: Personally, in beginning this process that took over a year, and in helping his son - a wounded warrior suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. He has seen and experienced firsthand how overwhelmed and understaffed the VA truly is. Soldiers are lost as they wait for the help they desperately need.
After serving for 26 years as a Soldier and Combat Medic, Gibson lost more of my Brothers and Sisters to suicide when returning home than he did during his time deployed in combat. He wanted to bring awareness to Veteran Suicide, which led him to start Project Diehard.
Project Diehard began as a tribute motorcycle for the Brothers who had served with Gibson and who he had lost. He would go out to his shop and work on the bike. The work was, and still is, a source of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy for him.
What leads to suicide? “I wish we knew because if it had not been for the support of my wife, my church and my friends, I would just be a number today,” Gibson told me.
This knowledge is what led to the concept of Fort Hope. Fort Hope will be a place where a Veteran can come and stay for a day, a week, a month, or even up to a year. With food and shelter provided, whether they come to hang out and talk among other Veterans or they need assistance working thru the VA system, these Veterans will be welcomed and accommodated. Fort Hope will be the main complex for Project Diehard. The end goal is to have at least one Forward Operating Base (FOB) in every state.
“Our goal is to have 90% of funds raised go to helping a veteran,” Gibson went on to say. “At no time will a board member or volunteer take a paycheck from ProjectDiehard. Together we can make a difference.”