We’re excited to announce that Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation will merge with Headstrong to continue the work of tackling the stigma that prevents veterans from seeking help. The Foundation will join a national organization that provides post-9/11 veterans with cost-free, stigma-free and bureaucracy-free mental health care.
The Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation was founded in 2014 by Marine Corps combat veteran Nathan Fletcher in honor of his three cousins: Jeremy Wise, Ben Wise and Beau Wise. After the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country, Jeremy joined the Navy and became a Navy SEAL. Ben, already in the Army, became a member of the legendary Green Berets. Beau followed his brothers into the military and joined the Marine Corps Infantry. Together they served over 1,600 days deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tragically, Jeremy was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on December 30, 2009. Two years and eleven days later, Ben was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Beau remains on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
Jeremy and Ben represent the generation of veterans who gave that last full measure of devotion to their country. We often honor them as a nation. But Beau Wise represents that generation of veterans who survived combat, and we have to ensure they not only survive but thrive in the peace that follows war.
For two years, the Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation stood with veterans who survived combat. Their initial efforts focused on raising awareness of the challenges of our returning veterans by organizing over 10,000 Veterans Day events in all 50 states and a dozen countries around the world, which will still continue under Headstrong. During this time, they worked closely with other veteran non-profit organizations and provided direct grants to support their efforts.
Over time, they moved into work that sought to address the stigma that prevents so many veterans from getting the help they need. They advocated for and signed legislation which tackled the stigma of mental health injuries and launched a national campaign directly reaching millions with a message of hope and strength in confronting their mental health injuries.
Nathan Fletcher, who founded the Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation, continued his volunteer effort to help veterans and joined the Headstrong Board of Directors in January 2017.
This exciting merger not only means additional resources and momentum for veterans mental health care across the country, but will also lead to a deeper impact in the San Diego area where Three Wise Men is based.
Learn more about how you can support veterans heal the hidden wounds of war through Headstrong: