Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It’s a day to honor those men and women who served in the United States Army. For Army Veteran Chris Macklin and hundreds of other friends of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati, it is a day to pay homage.
Macklin rode his bike 22-miles in honor of fallen soldiers and veterans. It was a tribute to those who came before, his dad and father-in-law, his Uncles Buster, Freddie and Johnnie. It was also his plea for our community to come together to help veterans who bear the scars seen and unseen from their service to our country.
“Each day, almost 22 veterans take their own life in this country,” Macklin said. “I’m not going to stand for that without doing something about it. It’s a battle. PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction are very real enemies. I rode because I know what this hardship feels like and I’ll do anything in my power to help other veterans.”
The community answered Chris’s call for support. Juliet Tissot offered a match of $2200 to anyone who would support GiveVets22 call-to-action. Within 24 hours that match was met! Chris and Carolyn Yeazel stepped in and offered an additional match of $2500. Again, supporters came together to make a difference in the lives of veterans.
When asked why she supports Easterseals Military & Veteran Services, Julie shared, “What keeps bringing me back to Easterseals, is that they are about restoring veterans as a person. They restore their pride that comes along with a paycheck, and their sense of belonging in the community. I wanted to be a part of that.”
As of the printing of this publication, the gifts are still coming in! If you would like to be a part of the GiveVets22 community campaign, you can make a gift here. For more information about the veterans served visit GiveVets22.org. Thank you to the many individuals who pave the way for #breakthroughmoments for America’s heroes.