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

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

RONNIE PRILLWITZ

Ronnie Prillwitz is currently a Master of Public Policy student at the University of Chicago and an Officer in the United States Air Force with 13 years of service. His academic interests include nonprofit management, countering violent extremism, as well as the politics of unipolarity. He currently serves as a Fellow at the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts in Chicago.

Prior to being admitted to the University of Chicago, Prillwitz served as a counterterrorism analyst and joint reconnaissance officer completing multiple deployments to Southwest Asia and the Middle East. He actively supports four nonprofit organizations that focus on advocacy for service members, veterans, and military families in need of assistance.

Ronnie holds an undergraduate degree in community development and public administration from Central Michigan University and a graduate certificate in international security from Stanford University Center of Professional Development.

Helene Gibson

Board Member (Trustee)

Helene is an Army Wife and Mother. She has held numerous management positions over the years.  They include Shipping and Receiving, retail, and small businesses.  Responsibilities included: making schedules, ordering, inventory, accounts payable/receivable, bookkeeping, and establishing relationships with vendors and colleagues.  She still is in contact with many today.

 

With her husband and son both being Veterans, Helene understands the need for Project Diehard and Fort Hope.

Terry (Gunny) Kearns

Board Member

Terry (Gunny) Kearns resides in Paducah Kentucky with his wife, Gail. They have 3 children: Steven (US Marines-disabled), Jessie, and Ashley. He is dedicated to helping fight the war on Veteran suicide.

Terry much like a lot of us suffers from PTSD, so he understands the mission directly. He is here for you at all hours, day or night, to assist his brothers and sisters in getting the help they need.

Born: May 1965

Graduated High School: 1982

Military Background:

1983-1992 US Marines Force Recon

Operation Desert Shield/Storm

Liberation Kuwait

Honorable Discharge- June 1992

OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the barrenness of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender and class differences.

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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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