I must say when I first heard of StackUp I was not sold on the concept of video games helping Veterans. I was very wrong. Once I let go of my preconcieved notions of "gaming" I realized I am guilty of gaming myself.
I never thought of the games on my phone as gaming. I'm sure most of you have that one game on your phone that you may play just a little too much. I thought back to when I would play on my Playstation and remember I would get lost in the game. Madden took my to a whole new place. Mostly and angry place because I was never that good but it was still a reality break. StackUp doesen't focus on phone games but on brining Veterans together through the love of video games to save lives.
Army Veteran Stephen Machuga, Founder and Executive Director at Stack Up loves gaming and Veterans. Stack Up brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming using these primary programs: The Stacks, Supply Crates, Air Assaults, and the Stack Up Overwatch Program [StOP].
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and emotional distress affect millions of individuals and are a leading cause of isolation, persistent health issues and hardships within the Veteran community.
From the StackUp
"Active duty military personnel face extraordinary pressure in the line of duty. However, after their service is over, we understand another challenge begins for many. It is okay to want to be healthy and seek help, whether facing troubling times, feeling a lack of purpose, or having lost the will to persevere. At Stack Up, we aim to break down the stigmas associated with these issues through the use of gaming."
Visit https://www.stackup.org/ to learn how a group of "gamers" are saving Veteran lives.
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