ABOUT PROJECT DIEHARD

Our Mission: to bring public awareness to veteran suicide, 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 AT A GLANCE

In dealing with the VA in two separate instances (both personally in beginning this process that took over a year when we began, and in helping our son, who is a wounded warrior suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury), we have seen how overwhelmed and understaffed the VA truly is. Soldiers are lost as they wait for the help they desperately need. 

Having served this country for 26 years as a Soldier and Combat Medic, I lost more of my Brothers and Sisters to suicide when we got home than I did during our time deployed in combat.I wanted to bring awareness to Veteran Suicide, which led me to start Project Diehard.

Project Diehard started as a tribute motorcycle for the Brothers I lost who I served with.  I’d go out to my shop and work on the bike.  This work is a source of PTSD therapy for me. After long hours of prayers, on April 22, 2018 ProjectDiehard, a Non-profit Limited Liability Company, was formed. 

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.”

On average, 22 veterans a day die by suicide (some will say more, and some will say less). We have no way of getting an accurate number if the stigma attached to suicide exists. 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.

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. At no time will a board member or volunteer take a paycheck from ProjectDiehard. Together we can make a difference. 

Brian L Gibson

Brian L Gibson
Projectdiehard L.L.C Pres
SFC USA Ret

OUR STAFF

BRIAN GIBSON SFC USA Ret

Founder/President, Project Diehard, LLC.

Brian (Gunny) Gibson resides in Paducah, Kentucky with his wife, Helene. They have 2 children: Steven (US Army Retired) and Katelyn. He is a member of Free Spirit Motorcycle Ministries. He continues to serve by forming Project Diehard to fight the war on veteran suicide and to assist his brothers and sisters in getting the help they need.

Civilian Life
Born: October 1967, Traverse City, MI
Graduated High School – Seattle, WA

Military
1985–1990 US Army 91 A Combat medic
Operation Desert Shield/Storm
1999–2016 US Army 68W Health Care SGT, 79R Recruiter
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Honorable Discharge (Retirement) February 2016,  26 Years Active Service

Awards
MSM 2, ARCM 3 AAM 15 GCMDL 5 NATL-DEF 2 SW-ASIA-SM-B 2
GWOTEM-1 GWOTSM-1 AFRM-M 1 AFRM 1 NCO-PROF-DE 3
OS-SVC-RBN 2 ARMY-SUPR-U 1 SA-KUL-IBM 1 KU-LIB-MDL(K) 1

JOSHUA MARKS

Vice President,
Project Diehard, LLC
.

Bio coming soon.

CHAPLAIN VINCE OTTWAY

Chaplain,
Project Diehard, LLC.

Vince Ottway

68 yrs old

Christian 50 yrs

Husband to Janie 45 yrs

Father to two sons and daughters-in-love

Poppa to 4 grandsons

Racers for Christ Chaplain 23 yrs

Ky. Drag Boat Assoc Chaplain 19 yrs

Retired pipefitter welder

Motorcycle rider 50 yrs

MARIE A. MCGRUDER, IMBA, MIBS

Board Member,
Project Diehard, LLC
.

“For the past thirteen years I have been at the helm of multiple Harley-Davidson dealerships as General Manager & Chief Financial Officer.  The military presence in our riding community is noteworthy.

I am passionate about the treatment of the men and women who have served our country with honor and dignity and the families of those who serve.  Growing up the daughter of Marvin L McGruder, Retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, I too am a direct product of the sacrifices and benefits of military service. I am proud to be part of the Project Diehard Team.”

FRANK DUPERRIEU

Board Member,
Project Diehard, LLC
.

Frank DuPerrieu lives in Kevil, KY with his wife of 52 years, Sunnie. They have two children, Tripp & Brecken, two grand children, Eathan & Maddyn. He is one of the founding members of the Free Spirit Biker Church. He is dedicated to help Project Diehard become a major player in helping to eliminate veteran suicide. He is a dedicated Harley rider and uses motorcycles to bring awareness to veteran suicide.

Born: March 24, 1945, Paducah, KY

Graduated: Tilghman High School, Paducah, KY 1963

Many years of auto racing and mechanical experience

MILITARY

Drafted Jan 1966, Joined KY National Guard

2nd Battalion

123rd Armor (Hell on Wheels)

Honorable Discharge

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Our mission is to give our veterans the help they need. Join the mission to prevent veteran suicide. Contact us today!

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