Victory Gym and Veterans Health Club was founded by Mike “Grunt” Emory in December, 2015. After a distinguished 18-year career in the United States Army that included work as a long range surveillance sniper, Mike was medically retired due to PTSD. During a month long stint in a rehabilitation facility, he realized that his well being hinged on finding a renewed sense of purpose that had been lacking since separating from the military, and that there are many others in similar circumstances. Rather than allowing PTSD related depression and isolation to dominate his life, he decided to take action. Thus, Victory Gym and Veterans Health Club was born!
Every day, 22 veteran lives are lost to suicide. The numbers for first responders are equally appalling. Our mission is to end these terrible statistics! Victory Gym VHC was formed by disabled veterans. We continue to be operated by veteran, first responder and civilian volunteers. We have the unique ability to address the specific needs of those who serve through firsthand knowledge. Victory Gym VHC offers a community where members “speak the same language”, share similar experiences, and can once again feel camaraderie and a sense of importance.
Victory Gym VHC is a special place where everyone is welcome. We are entirely staffed by volunteers (including management), all of our equipment has been donated, and every penny goes toward furthering our mission. Stop in any time to see how contributions are put to good use!
Our memory wall, where photos of those no longer here are displayed with honor, reminds us on a daily basis why Victory Gym VHC is so important. Even one veteran or first responder life lost to PTSD is too many!