Heroes Helping Heroes
AHERO (America's Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors) connects Veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities. Our goal is to heal the physical and psychological wounds of war and military service by:
- Introducing Veterans to resources and programs available to them to increase their overall quality of life
- Developing an informal support network of Veterans across the country
- Encouraging constructive communication and engagement
- Boosting morale
AHERO was organized and is operated by OIF and OEF Marine Corps and Army Veterans who understand the challenges today's war Veterans face in reengaging the civilian world.
More than 95% of every dollar raised by AHERO goes directly to Veterans in support of this mission with a small percentage allocated to administrative expenses. The directors and staff of AHERO are all volunteers and do not receive any monetary compensation in any form.
AHERO was conceived and founded by Captain Lee Stuckey, U.S. Marine Corps (Active Duty). Captain Stuckey has served three combat tours in Iraq, and is currently at Camp Lejeune, NC. Capt. Stuckey has been awarded the Purple Heart (for wounds received in Iraq), Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a "V" device for Actions of Valor during combat, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and other military ribbons/medals for outstanding service.
Lee suffered a brain injury from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in 2007. Lee's brain injury, coupled with the emotional trauma of several combat deployments, led him to the edge of suicide. Lee was tired of dealing with the nightmares and stress and put a gun to his head. As he was pulling the trigger, his cell phone rang and displayed the word "Mom." He immediately dropped the pistol and realized he needed help.
As a Marine Corps Officer, Lee realized that if he was struggling with psychological issues, thousands of Veterans must be silently suffering in similar ways. Lee began to visit Walter Reed Hospital and other military hospitals across the country and connected with the servicemen and women that he met at these facilities. He was deeply affected by the severity of the physical and emotional injuries that so many servicemen and women had endured. Approximately 22 Veterans a day are committing suicide to put the yearly average at a horrific 8,030 a year. Lee's new mission was to lower these numbers by sharing his story and reaching as many Veterans as possible, before it was too late.
What We Do
AHERO is a veteran’s organization with the purpose to serve America's Veterans by providing fellowship and mentoring opportunities through recreational activities. AHERO provides a supportive environment enabling Veterans to continue the healing process, so they can focus on their future and reconcile the traumatic events of their past in a healthy and constructive environment.
Our goal is to serve as many Veterans as possible and offer them the healing opportunity that comes from time spent with fellow Veterans. AHERO will accomplish this goal by welcoming Veterans into a community willing to donate the time, recreational equipment and both natural and financial resources necessary to support a variety of events in order to facilitate fellowship and mentoring activities. Through these activities, AHERO will establish and support a network of Veterans with previous experience in dealing with the emotional and physical wounds caused by the stress of military service and combat. This network will be self-sustaining and will support Veterans all across the United States of America.
Please join us and help heal our Veterans, hearts and minds through camaraderie, esprit de corps and memorable experiences.
Let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated, respected and never forgotten. They truly are America's Heroes.