Triumph Through Transition
To end Veteran suicide through the successful reintegration of service members and their families by assembling critical resources, providing peer support, and developing transitional programs.
22 VETERANS LOST TO SUICIDE EACH DAY.
We hear it all the time. Platoon 22 was founded to bring awareness, education, and prevention to this statistic.
We will not stop until that number is 0.
Platoon started after the second soldier from Frederick County, Army Specialist Adam Richardson, died by suicide. We could no longer stand idly as our nation’s warfighters fought the war at home alone. The first issue was that very few even knew there was a suicide epidemic within our ranks. What we needed was a way to quickly engage the populace while at the same time conveying the enormity of this epidemic.
Our Impact — By the Numbers
Disclaimer: Impact Numbers are from November 1, 2022
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Programs & Services
At Platoon we are committed to meeting the Veteran where they are today and getting them to their desired tomorrow. We offer an array of services for any Veteran regardless of discharge status.
We understand how challenging transitioning from military to civilian life can be. It’s our mission to ensure that as a Veteran you have access to all of the resources you need. Through our care coordination program, we work with our partners to create a plan that takes your needs into account so you receive safe and effective care.
Relief & Resiliency
We understand that as a veteran you may struggle to transition to civilian life, and we strive to empower all of our veterans to overcome obstacles and live happily. You have given us the freedoms we have today through your service, so the least we can do is provide a boost for you in return.
Recreation & Peer Support
Recreation and peer support go a long way toward enhancing quality of life and we are here to offer you our support. Our services are designed to promote and encourage camaraderie and connection, along with an overall sense of well-being.
Recreation is a powerful tool aiding in relaxation, rejuvenation, and personal growth. Our programs are not only fun and relaxing; they also foster community growth. We invite you to join us and share some time with others who can relate to your experiences. By participating in shared activities, lifelong friendships offering can be forged.
Veteran Services Center
Every Veteran has unique opportunities, dreams, and challenges. Together, Platoon 22 and Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley have opened the Platoon Veteran Services Center at Goodwill.
In The News
Jul. 12—Thirteen local organizations working to combat food insecurity in the area received $350,000 in grants this month from The Community Foundation of Frederick County: They are: —Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick Chapter —Brunswick Ecumenical Assistance Committee on Needs, Inc. —Frederick Community College Foundation —Friends for Neighborhood Progress —Hood College —Islamic Society of Frederick Inc. —Maryland Food Bank —Maryland Hunger Solutions —Platoon 22 —Steadfast — Standing Firm Against Youth Homelessness Inc. —Supporting Older Adults through Resources Inc. (SOAR) —Thurmont Senior Center Inc. —YMCA of Frederick County
7Salutes | Faces of 22, a powerful portrait collection of veterans who took their own lives, open in Frederick
A memorial portrait collection at the Platoon Veteran Service Center in Frederick, Maryland recently opened and it’s unlike anything I have ever seen. There are 22 portraits of servicemen from various branches of the military. Some are in uniform; some are holding their children and most have a smile on their faces.
BioHub Maryland, Platoon 22 Partner to Train Veterans for the Life Sciences
BioHub Maryland, an initiative to accelerate the state’s life sciences industry, is partnering with Platoon 22, a non-profit dedicated to ending veteran suicide through successful reintegration, to reskill and upskill military veterans for rewarding careers in the life sciences industry.