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Our Founder's Letter

Dear Friends,

 

As founder and Executive Director of 4 Heroes 4 Life, my aim is to provide the heroes of our communities, veterans and those in public service, support to successfully reintegrate into civilian life and thrive. We are on a mission of HOPE and HEALING. Through genuine goodwill, we can offer hope to many heroes and their families for a better life and the support to deal with the challenges of first-hand and second-hand PTSD.

 

I am intimately aware of the “silent wounds” levied by PTSD. For 30 years I dedicated my life to service, beginning as Navy vet then continuing on to become a firefighter and Deputy Fire Marshal, Board Chair to a variety of nonprofits, and Social Entrepreneur. For 18 years I dutifully served on the City of San Diego Fire Department until I suffered numerous injuries and chronic pain made it impossible to continue to effectively do my job. In addition to physical pain, I experienced mental and emotional trauma and a grave injustice, which significantly impacted the lives of myself and my family. All of this was further compounded by the tragic loss of a very close friend in the unspeakable tragedy of 9/11.

 

This series of debilitating experiences unwittingly kept my PTSD “switch” on for so many years. Since receiving treatment in the number one PTSD program at Stanford University I have come to understand how this terrible disorder wreaks havoc on the lives of heroes and their families. With strength and courage, I was given the opportunity to overcome the devastation of PTSD and I want to offer the same HOPE and HEALING to many more heroes and their families so that they never have to experience what my family and I went through.

 

The unimaginable trauma and loss of life suffered by victims and heroes in tragedies like the Oakland Warehouse fire, the Rhode Island Station fire and the tragic fire at London’s Grenfell Tower, weigh heavily on my heart. I am emboldened by the knowledge that my actions as a public servant were heroic and am proud to have made that sacrifice, keeping public safety at the forefront. As a sailor, I am crestfallen over the recent tragic accidents and loss of life of many of our heroes at sea. These heroes and their families need our help and compassion now more than ever.

 

As citizens of this proud nation, we are privileged and blessed with an abundance of freedoms protected by our public servants in the military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, doctors, nurses, and educators. I'm proud to belong to a family of devoted heroes who lead by an extraordinary desire to protect and serve. At 4 Heroes 4 Life and through our “social enterprise”, we are able to fund several critical programs and services for our heroes through PTSD support, health and wellness, family support, homeless care and housing, and an incubator for future enterprising veterans and heroes. These efforts benefit all, both participants and hero recipients and their families.

 

4 Heroes 4 Life's mission of helping others will enrich many lives through genuine goodwill. Through the recent unexpected loss of a very dear childhood friend, our cause has a face, an unbreakable community lifting us up by echoing the refrain “we cannot do this alone”. We invite you to embrace our cause and be part of the movement in continued support of our heroes to ensure that no heroes or their families will suffer the same hardships.

 

Let’s Join Forces for Heroes Helping Heroes through Hope and Healing.

 

I believe in my heart that we as human beings are more alike than different and we should be willing to look at each other as such. My goal is helping change the world, one heart at a time.

 

In peace and love,

 

Mark George

 

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