'Every day, 22 veterans and 1 active duty soldier take their own lives,' Anderson says. 'That’s more men and women than we’re losing in combat.'
West Bend, WI (PRWEB) June 10, 2014
It’s no surprise that the United States Concealed Carry Association—a Delta Defense, LLC company—is passionate about the Second Amendment.
But Tim Schmidt, President and Founder of the USCCA, is equally passionate about supporting our nation’s veterans.
“As far as I’m concerned,” Schmidt says, “I owe them everything.”
So in 2013, when Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson—two Iraq War veterans—embarked on a 2,700 mile journey called Veterans Trek, Schmidt was first in line to donate. As the two men traveled from Milwaukee to Los Angeles, Schmidt reached out to the USCCA community to ask for help. And help they did: Voss and Anderson raised over $100,000 for Dryhootch, an organization that helps returning veterans cope with the physical and psychological effects of war.
Anderson reached out to the USCCA a second time in late May, when the team that accompanied him and Voss on Veterans Trek needed funds to edit and produce “Almost Sunrise,” a documentary that follows their journey across the country and helps to raise awareness about the troubling suicide epidemic among active duty and returning soldiers.
“Every day, 22 veterans and 1 active duty soldier take their own lives,” Anderson says. “That’s more men and women than we’re losing in combat.”
Schmidt launched a full campaign for the film, and the USCCA community responded with equal enthusiasm, helping to push the film to its $70,000 Kickstarter goal.
Michael Collins, the film’s director, was so overwhelmed by the support that he created a stretch goal of $100,000, much of which will be used for promoting the film.
“This film has the potential to change—and save—lives,” Schmidt says. “I’m incredibly honored to be a part of a community of responsible Americans who continue to give back in important ways like this.”
The film is set to premiere in 2015.
About the USCCA:
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans. USCCA members receive access to a wealth of industry information and insurance protection through its Self-Defense SHIELD program. The USCCA also provides expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered around the concealed carry lifestyle via email, social media, Concealed Carry Magazine, and their nationally syndicated radio program Armed American Radio.
The United States Concealed Carry Association is a subsidiary of Delta Defense, LLC. Delta Defense, LLC was founded in 2004 by Tim Schmidt and is committed to supporting and educating responsible Americans who carry concealed.