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Wilkes County Veterans History Project: Mission 22 Walk

Mission 22 is a non-profit who combats the ever-rising veteran suicide rate. Every day, more than twenty veterans are lost to suicide. Mission 22 wants to bring that number to zero. It does this with three main programs; veteran treatment programs, memorials and national awareness.

Mission 22 provides treatment programs to veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues they might be facing. It organizes events and builds memorials to create social impact and awareness for these issues.

Mission 22 also has an Ambassador volunteer program for people to get involved as well. Ambassadors educate the public on veteran issues, help get veterans into Mission 22 treatment programs and create resources in their communities.

Through these three programs, it enables a push for the betterment of our nation's heroes and stands united in the war against veteran suicide.

Mission 22 Walk Photos - 2021

Mission 22 Ambassadors Heather Dean and Heather Holbrook organized a fundraising walk, to help veterans, and spread awareness for this mission.  Veterans and supporters gathered to walk 2.2 miles on September 4, 2021, and brought in $1000.

Front Row, left to right: Edmund Greene (holding American flag), Tim Nance, David Anderson (in red), Ann Craighead, Anjie Ross, Heather Dean, Kevin Evans and Heather Holbrook (Mission 22 Ambassadors holding flag)

Back Row, left to right: Richard Calloway, _____________, _______________, Kevin Ross, Charlie Moore

David Anderson, Marine Corps League Commandant 

Jax Poff and her dog, Lacey Grace, 


 Phoenix - pet bird - accompanies walkers

Lacey Grace matches camo attire with, her 'mama,' Jax Poff. 

Buddy Check - Have you checked on your buddy today?


Toy soldiers were 'deployed' around the library

for patrons to take as reminders

to keep men and women

serving our country in prayer.

Mission 22 Walk Photos - 2022

(L to R) Linda Flora, Maebelle Nance, Heather Dean, Sherry Brooks

(L to R) Edmund Greene, ___, ___, Mack Lankford

VFW Auxiliary Members

(L to R) Heather Dean, Mara Lynn Tugman, Suzanne Moore, Sherry Brooks, Linda Flora, Maybelle Nance

(L to R) Kevin Evans, Josh Hunt, Kevin Ross, Todd Holland

Kevin Evans, Kernersville Post Commander and Kevin Ross, VFW Commander, led the 2022 walk.

(L to R) Mandy Johnson, Tim Nance, Ann Craighead, and Steve Dancy

(L to R) - Steve Dancy, Mack Lankford, Mara Lynn Tugman

Mission 22 Walk Photos - 2023

Girl Scout Troop 2817 lead the Pledge of Allegiance

Mission 22 Group Photo - 2023

Walking Across the Bridge

Maebelle Nance, Al Barret, Tom Mitchell, Post Commander, and C.I Sprinkle at the 2023 Walk

Kevin Ross and Sadie at the 2023 Walk

Edmund Greene and Ann Craighead, 2023

Circling up for the Walk

Mission 22 was presented with a total of $550 from District 11, Post 5352 & Pup Tent 11.
L-R are Kevin Evans, Ambassador; Kernersville Post Commander, Josh Hunt; VFW Immediate Past State Commander, Tim Woods; & Military Order of the Cootie Supreme Historian, Rob Caudill.

Almost $1,500 was raised for Mission 22 at this years event!

Special thanks to the members of VFW Post 1142, Girl Scout Troop 2817 Winston Salem, Kernersville Post 5352, American Legion Riders, Humana Insurance, Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 11, NC District 11,

Everyone who came to support the cause, and especially Heather Dean for organizing this event.

Lincolnton, Kings Mtn, Jefferson, Gastonia, Yadkinville, Statesville, Winston Salem, Kernersville, Salisbury & Conover represented today.

Veterans Suicide Crisis line

Dial 988 then press 1