22 Jumps aims to bring new hope to individuals and families affected by TBI and suicide. Due to a lack of objective diagnostic tools and effective treatment solutions, the “invisible
The “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.
In September 2021, Tristan Wimmer, Marine Veteran and Scount Sniper, Founder of 22 Jumps moderated a discussion with the 22 Jumps participants and veterans, including:
Participants and Veterans include: Marcus Ellison, Eric Johnson, Dustin "Dusty" Gebhardt, Pepe Campos, Michael Murphy, Brent Lake.
Moderated by Tristan Wimmer.
In May 2022, John Greenway, President of Mission2Alpha, moderated a discussion with the recent 22 Jumps participants and veterans, including:
Participants and Veterans include: Tristan Wimmer, Nick Cliche, Andrew Katz, Mark Zervas, Mahmoud Ghannoum, Eric Johnson.
Moderated by John Greenway.
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.
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.
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.
Please join the 22 Jumps campaign – as a spectator, sponsor or supporter – for suicide prevention awareness and CVB’s brain trauma research.