So there I was, sitting in the hospital being treated for PTSD...I thought you know what, there should be something like this. Back in the day, there was no such thing as PTSD. When a Vet came home from the war, they got a job working 12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week to keep their mind off the things they've done or seen. After a hard days work, they'd stop off at the local VFW, have a few beers and a burger, and do it all again the next day. I wasn't looking for that type of life for me and my family. And with that, Victory Gym and Veterans Health Club was born!!
Yeah sure, there are plenty of organizations out there that claim to, and even to some degree, actually do something to help Vets. But there is simply nothing like this. This is a fully functional nonprofit gym!! The best part about it, is it's FREE for Veterans and First Responders.
I once read an article that talked about this gym trying to raise money to pay for Veterans gym fees...Really?!? You're a FOR PROFIT business, I thought. They can just let them in for free. Why not?? Do they really need the money that bad? having trouble paying for your yacht or your BMW??
We did it with NOTHING!! I think, me being retired army infantry, I had like $50 in the bank. Within 3 months we had a building. During this time we reached out to individuals and companies to see if they'd be willing to donate equipment. Let me tell you, the support just rolled in, and we couldn't be happier.
We've created a place where Vets and First Responders can come and feel safe, where we all speak the same language. We're not stopping here in Michigan though. Before long we'll have several MI locations, and we already have Vets in others states getting ready to stand up their own facilities. We aim to have at least one VGVHC in every state.
It ain't easy though!!! No way. Money is a huge issue. So many people and business owners have donated to other, SO CALLED, nonprofits, only to find out down the road that they were only funding some jackasses private vacations and lavished lifestyle. That's not us though. We support our own. Many of the members in our gym do all they can to help keep the doors opened and the lights on. At the end of the day though, that's all we care about.