Each year, a staggering amount of veterans struggle to get the care they need. The Patriot Project is working to make a change. According to ABC News, almost 2 million U.S veterans lack health care. If anyone needs this care the most, it's those who have risked their lives to serve our country.
The Patriot Project consists of 6,400 chiropractors which equate to more than $100,000,000 in free care to America's most deserving. The Patriot Project was founded by Dr. Timothy Novelli in 2012 after receiving a call from one of his patients, who knew of an 'American Hero' who needed Dr. Novelli's help. This man was Staff Sergeant Dana Bowman, who is an Army Golden Knight that lost both of his legs in a parachuting accident. Dr. Novelli treated Dana, who had never received chiropractic care, with great results. Later, Dana invited Dr. Novelli to an event at his own non-profit, where Dr. Novelli treated over 150 wounded veterans in three days. It was at that event, The Patriot Project was born!
Roark's involvement in this organization is very important, as she recruits chiropractors locally and nationally, designs and manages The Patriot Project website (www.patriot-project.org), and all social media platforms. She also designs all marketing materials, distributes brochures out to the public, answers emails/phone calls, and helps plan the annual Patriot Ball! Sydney started her involvement in this organization in February 2014. "I spent days skimming directories, websites, and Facebook to build an email marketing list to recruit more chiropractors to join the cause." She continues, "In twenty-three days I personally took The Patriot Project from thirteen states and 200 doctors, up to national representation and over 400 doctors participating!" She said.
A big part of why Roark devotes so much energy to this organization is the connection she feels to those who have served. "My brother Jason is a Purple Heart Recipient who served two tours in Iraq, and my best friend Sara is a Navy Veteran." She continued by saying "I recognize what freedom means and I know the sacrifices our military and veterans make to keep us safe and to protect our rights as citizens. If I can help take away the pain, suffering or mental anguish of someone who put their lives on the line for all of us, then I can go to bed at night knowing that I've helped someone who I can never repay!"
While this project is to help veterans, the organization also wants to make sure that all the sponsors that contribute to this cause are recognized, which is where to Patriot Ball comes into play. The Patriot Ball is an annual event held each year in November, and the organization is proud to announce that country music sensation LoneStar will be the featured musical guest at this year's ball! This is an annual event to honor both veterans and the sponsors who donate their resources and time, to help provide care for those who have served or are still serving our country.
Roark has a lot of pride in her involvement in The Patriot Project. To her, being part of this organization means, "standing beside our military and veterans, versus behind them." The Ailments our military and veterans face are currently being treated largely with opioids and psychotropic drugs. Many of these ailments can be relieved with chiropractic care. "Currently twenty-two veterans commit suicide a day with one-third of those deaths related to the medication. We're trying to save lives, and in return save families and communities." If you would like to be involved and offer your help, please visit, www.patriot-project.org.
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Want more information on how you can contribute and help to lives of our retired veterans? Click the image above to learn more about this great cause for those who have risked their lives for our country.