Our country’s heroes are increasingly taking their own lives as a result of the invisible wounds of war. Tristan Wimmer—a Marine Veteran Infantryman and Scout Sniper—has made it his mission to bring awareness to the epidemic of suicide among Veterans. Tristan’s own brother, a Raider and Recon Marine Veteran, struggled with TBI-related depression and anxiety for nearly a decade before he ultimately succumbed to suicide.
Through 22 Jumps, a series of fundraising events where Veterans and others BASE jump 22 times in a single day, Tristan brings new hope to this epidemic by partnering with our organization to raise money for research and new effective solutions for all patients living with the effects of TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be an Underlying Cause of Suicide
TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. TBIs can range from mild, with a brief change in mental status or consciousness (commonly called concussions), to severe, with an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss. TBIs are a risk factor for suicide. Currently, there are few available treatments for severe brain injuries.
Why Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB)?
Tristan has chosen to support CVB because of the organization’s mission to spearhead a cutting-edge research program that advances TBI research. He values the organization’s innovative approach towards gaining a better understanding of the causes of TBI, discovering new biomarkers that will lead to better diagnoses and identifying new targets for treatment. CVB is also supporting advocacy and policy initiatives to improve the lives of people suffering from TBI.