Here at Project Refit we are committed to a single mission: combat isolation.
Project Refit's story begins in the valleys of Afghanistan in 2014. Daniel Lombard, Co-Founder of Project Refit, was involved in two IED explosions. The worst of his injuries were TBI and PTSD. But, there was another story, one of leadership, that had been unfolding for years before this.
CSM Martin "Gunny" Barreras was Dan's, and thousands that served under him, most revered leader. He led from the front, still participating in combat operations even when he did not have to. His primary goal was to develop young men into leaders of tomorrow. Gunny DOW on May 13, 2014.
This really had a negative impact on all of his men, current, and past.
Fast forward to 2017 when Dan and James talk about a new solution to help military personnel stay connected with one another. After a couple of years of testing, research, and modification, Project Refit has landed on its new strategy of the hybrid model, combine technology and in-person support to meet the modern military member and family where they are both online and off.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Hey ... just wanna say thank you. Thank you for talking to me, listening to me and most importantly making me understand everything I have to look forward to. You were the only one who answered that night and I'm truly grateful. I never got to thank you and I just want you to know that you changed my life that night and I thank you soooooo much for that.
To calm down I talk to you at night. Other times a lady at the VA. When weather permits I fly fish. I have a "toolbox" of things I do, just gets overwhelming at times. Tonight you happen to be my choice. Used your phone number few months ago when shit got really bad. I just needed to calm down tonight after a bad time sleeping. Thanx for being here. I hate bothering people.
I opened up to my family because of your encouragement ... #breakthestigma
BEAT THE STIGMA
One Military Member (Past/Present) and First Responder at a time
Project Refit is looking to change the negative connotation around mental health.
Project Refit plans on doing this by helping implement and support simple, make sense programs for a military member (past/present) and first responder. We will incorporate family into these programs, as well as, creating programs for only military and first responders.
Learn about our approaches
It's said soldiers are reborn in the military and their brothers and sisters are those they serve with. This family is important to them and losing touch can be difficult.
Project Refit is reuniting them.
of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and or depression
On average, 5 active duty soldiers attempt suicide each day.
The average cost for treatment each year, per soldier, is $8,300.