After being medically discharged from a distinguished career in the United States Navy, Carter Davis found himself facing the same challenges that so many experience upon separating from service. Luckily in that moment, came support from his brothers in the form of iron therapy. He quickly realized that fitness, and more importantly support from his peers, gave him the strength to carry on. With this realization, Carter expressed his desire to bring fitness and community back to veterans through Facebook. This resulted in Co-Founder and CTO, Wade Luethi, a former Marine that Carter served with for years, reaching out to him causing series of events to unfold that lead to the creation, branding, and web footprint of Lift For the 22. In only a year, Lift For The 22 was moving at light speed. It was at this time, while visiting a car show in Oregon Carter met Dennis Wright a Marine Veteran who understood the mission, and desperately wanted to do his part to enhance the quality of life and transition of military veterans. Dennis brought many skills to the table assisting Carter and Wade in day to day operations that would eventually push Lift For The 22 nation wide. Dennis would go on to be the final Co-Founder and COO of official 501(c)(3) organization, Lift For The 22.
Since then, the goal and objective here at Lift For The 22 has not wavered. We continue to strive to ensure that no veteran will ever have to walk a dark path alone. With your help, we can end this epidemic and help our nations heroes transition to civilian life peacefully.
For the next 2 years Lift for the 22 would grow exponentially and partnered with over 500 gyms nationwide to provide gym memberships for veterans.
In March of 2018 Lift For The 22 would go on to partner with another valuable member committed to the mission, Army Veteran Dan Newberry. Upon exiting the service Dan found himself struggling with PTSD, depression, and Suicidal thoughts witch ultimately led him to hitting rock bottom in July of 2015. Dan then turned to the Milwaukee VA for help. As things started to get better, in December of 2015 Dan’s brother took his life. Since these tragic events Dan has become an advocate for those struggling with mental health issues. Dan founded 22fitness a free fitness class that hosts community fundraising workouts for veteran nonprofits across the country. The concept of the class was to help encourage veterans to continue exercising post military service.
With both parties realizing they were on the same mission, and lift for the 22 going through a transition. The 2 organizations merged in December of 2018 and embarked on a national tour connecting Veterans to gyms within their communities.
In January of 2019 Carter decided to step down as executive director to focus on his education and spend time with family. Wade decided to do the same. Both members contributed immensely to the evolution and successful attainment of many goals over the years that empowered Lift For The 22 to help many lives over the years. The organization will be forever grateful for their contributions. With critical changes in the administrative structure taking place, it was without question the best desicion to turn over the reigns of the organization to Dan Newberry. As of January 2019, Carter appointed Dan Newberry as the Executive Director off Lift For The 22. It goes without question that Dan will lead the company to its most valuable next chapter.
With new leadership comes new visions. In January of 2020 Lift for the 22 with host a new stream lined application process, host 4 major events, and expand its offerings to veterans in the form of alternative forms of fitness. (Martial arts, yoga, CrossFit)
Many changes have taken place over the years and we hope you understand that each change has been for the betterment of the organization and to enhance the process of helping Veterans. There are no words to express our appreciation for your support thus far. We urge you to stayed tuned and follow the organization into this new chapter.
Thank you for your support!
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