Armed Forces Mission provides Donors, Volunteers, and Advocates the organization they require to eradicate suicide and transform lives. We provide direct intervention for individuals within the Veteran and Law Enforcement Community and training for people from all walks of life.
Suicide takes more than 43,000 lives a year in the US. A disproportional amount of losses occurs in the veteran community. At AFM, our goal is the eradication of suicide in the communities we serve. Since 2012 we have conducted over 700 successful suicide interventions and trained nearly 8,500 others to do the same. Hope and resilience are being restored and veterans and others we work with are finding renewed strength to face the challenges of life. The AFM Listen Learn Lead curriculum and our Intervention Challenge Workshops offer a model that will save thousands of lives every year.
Intervention saves lives. We know this first hand, because our founder, Army Chaplain Kenneth Koon was one who experienced the power of intervention in his own life. It was only a few short years ago that his oldest son, MaCrae, a 19-year-old Airman boldly asked, “Dad are you thinking of suicide?” Until the age of 45 Ken had never once had a thought of suicide. However, after a series of traumatic events, the last which almost took the life of his third son, he was broken from the crushing thoughts that his son had been hurt on his watch; he felt responsible.
The moment MaCrae asked the question, Ken was filled with an overwhelming sense of hope. He was not alone; someone knew. A strong desire to overcome replaced the thoughts of darkness. It was a turning point for Ken that renewed the Chaplain and set him on a journey to save others just as he had been saved. MaCrae, had learned to ask the question because he had been trained in suicide intervention as an Airman. Training saves lives.
Vice-President Steve Powell Treasurer Josh Bonner
Secretary Dr. Heather Burrell
Community Relations Dennis Loewer
John Avery David Barlow Carl Hall
Mike Powell Steve Farish Tim Klob Wendy Farmer Doug Brantley Rick Barnes Terry Grant MaCrae Koon