22 Jumps

22 Jumps

Veterans to BASE Jump 22 Times to Bring Awareness to a Growing Epidemic — the Incidence of Suicide

Tragically, Up To 22 American Veterans and Active Duty Service Members Die By Suicide Daily


The Invisible Wounds of War Too Often Go Undetected and Untreated

Due to a lack of objective diagnostic tools and effective treatment solutions, the “invisible wounds” of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often leave service members and civilians feeling hopeless as they live with multiple debilitating symptoms and few treatment options. 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.

22 Jumps Aims to Bring New Hope to Individuals and Families Affected by TBI and 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 brain health research and new effective solutions for all patients.

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.

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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 an underlying cause of suicide. Currently, there are few available treatments for severe brain injuries.

  • More than 380,000 service members experienced a TBI from 2000 to 2018More than 380,000 service members experienced a TBI from 2000 to 2018.
  • In 2020 Veteran suicides may have increased by 20%, partially due to increased stress from the pandemic. 
  • There are few FDA-approved treatments for TBI.
Learn How CVB is Advancing Solutions for Traumatic Brain Injury

Watch Tristan Wimmer & Frank Larkin Discuss 22 Jumps

How To Get Involved and Make a Difference

Please join the 22 Jumps campaign – as a spectator, sponsor or supporter – for suicide prevention awareness and CVB’s brain trauma research.

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Explore 22 Jumps

  • 22 Jumps: Memorial Day Weekend 2021, Twin Falls, Idaho
    22 Jumps: Memorial Day Weekend 2021, Twin Falls, Idaho

    On Memorial Day Weekend, Veteran Tristan Wimmer and others will BASE jump 22 times in one day from the famous Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.

  • 22 Jumps: January 30th, 2021, Camelback Mountain, AZ
    22 Jumps: January 30th, 2021, Camelback Mountain, AZ

    Marine Veterans Tristan Wimmer and Adam Krum, along with their friend Adam Ghannoum, succeeded in their mission to BASE jump 22 times in a single day from Arizona’s Camelback Mountain on January 30th, 2021, and raise more than $22,000 in honor of the 22 Veterans and service members who lose their battle to suicide each day.

  • 22 Jumps: February 8th, 2020, Camelback Mountain, AZ
    22 Jumps: February 8th, 2020, Camelback Mountain, AZ

    At the inaugural 22 Jumps event, Marine Veteran Tristan Wimmer BASE jumped 22 times in one day from Arizona’s Camelback Mountain to raise awareness and funds for research that will help make brain trauma more detectable and treatable.