Video: A Conversation with Veteran BASE Jumpers of 22 Jumps

Video: A Conversation with Veteran BASE Jumpers of 22 Jumps

Video: A Conversation with Veteran BASE Jumpers of 22 Jumps

Parachuting with Purpose: The Lived Experiences of Veterans with Invisible Wounds

Hear personal stories from Veterans raising awareness of the need for better solutions for traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress to reduce the incidence of suicide.

Veterans of 22 JumpsThe “invisible wounds of war” are not so invisible: The high rates of suicide and other maladies gripping our nation’s military families are right in front of us.

As people experience brain trauma differently, the field has been stymied by a one-size-fits-all approach and lack of objective tools and treatments to effectively diagnose and manage TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). TBI and PTSD are risk factors of suicide. Learn about how organizations are collaborating and advocating to bring new solutions to Veterans and others who have sustained brain trauma.

Watch the Video:

Conversation with BASE Jumpers 


  • Tristan Wimmer, Marine Veteran and Scout Sniper, Founder of 22 Jumps
    • USMC
    • Iraq veteran
    • Infantryman & scout sniper team leader
    • Prior Dept of State high-threat security contractor (Afghanistan)
    • Founder of 22 Jumps

Participants and Veterans:

  • Marcus Ellison
    • USAF
    • 8 years
    • Bridge Day organizer
  • Eric Johnson
    • USA
    • Iraq and Afghanistan veteran
    • 21 years, Lt. Col (retired)
    • USA trauma surgeon
    • Currently:
      • Colorectal surgeon in Cleveland Clinic Foundation
      • Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • Dustin “Dusty” Gebhardt
    • USA
    • 11 years, still active
    • Afghanistan veteran as Pathfinder
    • Current Golden Knight
  • Pepe Campos
    • USMC
    • Iraq and Afghanistan veteran
    • Infantryman
    • Prior Dept of State high-threat security contractor
  • Michael Murphy
    • USMC
    • 11 years, still active
    • Current MARSOC Raider
  • Brent Lake
    • USA
    • 8 years
    • Iraq and Afghanistan veteran
    • 2nd Battalion 75th Regiment (special operations)


CVB’s Precision Approach Based on Each Person’s Unique Biological Profile

Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, PhD
Director, Policy and Advocacy, Cohen Veterans Bioscience

About Traumatic Brain Injury and 22 Jumps:

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect millions of people worldwide each year and are a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. 

TBIs can often lead to long-term mental and physical health problems, including headaches, mood changes, sleep disorders, memory problems, and an increased risk for other mental health disorders such as PTSD, depression, and even suicide.

Since January 2020, Tristan Wimmer, along with other Veterans, have been base jumping 22 times at individual events across the country to raise awareness of the staggering number of suicides among our heroes and others who suffer from traumatic brain injury.

Learn more about 22 Jumps