Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving in the US. It’s a time for reflection, and looking back over the past two years of the Tame the Kraken campaign and thinking about all the challenges we've had to overcome and all the incredible people that have helped us get this far.
We are now less that 3 weeks away from the start and I am thankful for all the support by so many. I am most thankful for my family who without their support none of this would be possible. They have been the behind the scenes support system I’ve needed to take on the physical and mental preparation to even begin to think about taking on this odyssey.
I am also in awe of the generosity, the words of encouragement and the dedication by many that have gone over and above in supporting me, the campaign and the charities. It is a testament to all of the people who are so supportive of our military, and who want to contribute to our service members’ continued health and success. I hope that those current and former military members who are suffering with mental health issues are able to look to this ground swell of support for my trip and see how many people truly care and want to help.
While we have come a long way in the last two years we are far from reaching our goal of crossing the Atlantic, and continuing the conversation around veteran mental health. But if the resounding support we have been fortune enough to receive is any indication, I know as I set off from La Gomera in 'The Kraken,’ I am confident that with your continued support I will reach Antigua safely and we will meet our collective goal.
As I set out, I hope you will carry our message forward - that mental health is just as important as physical health. And that helping comes in many forms. Certainly, fundraising is key because it affords the resources veterans to address their mental health concerns. But also, if you’re unable to give to fundraising efforts, there are other ways you can help: reach out to someone you think might be suffering, ask them how they are doing and listen. If you think someone might be alone during the holidays, invite them to join you, your friends and your family. Compassion is free and particularly at this time of the year, it can be more meaningful that you may understand.
Thank you to all our supporters. Your generosity has been a beacon of hope and a shining example of how much we can accomplish when we use our collective energy toward a common goal. I hope take this holiday season to be with those you love and cherish. I hope that we remember and send our thanks to all those in the military that can't be with your loved ones year round, but in particular, this time of the year.