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The Independence Fund

Phone Number:
(888) 851-7996

State: North Carolina

Zip: 28204

The Independence Fund’s Operation Resiliency was born out of grief and
quickly accelerated toward innovation and hope. CEO Sarah Verardo was
attending a funeral for one of her husband’s battle buddies who died by suicide
in September 2018. As the group of reunited brothers departed, one said wryly,
“See you at the next one.” The sobering statement resonated with Sarah, but as
ever, she channeled her emotion into action.
Operation Resiliency is an out-of-the-box solution to a problem that is plaguing the Veteran community. The connectivity and peer-to-peer support assists in reforming the bond of brotherhood that was forged in war, promoting connectedness, coping skills, and accountability.
Operation Resiliency reunites post-9/11 military units who survived traumatic experiences together during their deployment and have been impacted by Veteran suicide once home. Relying on the trust and brotherhood forged in combat, military units gather to address their next, and most vital, mission on the home front: Preventing Veteran suicide. Together, Veterans engage in peer-to-peer support, physical activity, and social connectedness to build resiliency skills. Since 2019, we have been proud to include the unit’s combat interpreter(s) in the reunions, as they served alongside our Veterans and are now engaged in the same fight alongside them on the home front.

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