There are many forms of strength. To some, they instinctively think physical strength or toughness when they hear the word “strong.” For others, it is persevering through adversity. Some may say it is having the moral courage to speak or stand up in the face of injustice or oppression. Others may say it is stepping outside your comfort zone to improve your life or the lives of others. To me, strength means all of these things and they are the backbone and inspiration that gave me the idea to start Forever Your Overwatch Foundation. Forever Your Overwatch Foundation provides survivors of domestic violence, violence, targets of stalking, etc., who are still living in fear, with the tools to take back control of their lives. We provide physical tools and training to not only keep them safe, but to also give them confidence and empower them. We empower them to take charge of their own security.
Being a man of strength is about using my strengths and abilities to help others who have endured a traumatic event to find their strength again. As a Marine and combat veteran, I have experienced the struggle in regaining strength after traumatic events. Being a man of strength is also about publicly speaking out against domestic violence and all gender-based violence. In the military community, it is still common for males to stay silent or not get involved in domestic violence prevention. When I first started this initiative a year ago, I was faced with skepticism from many friends in the military and veteran community. Many were supportive, but also were confused on why I would take up such a cause. Over the months not only have I consistently and publicly spoken about my nonprofit, but have recruited other veterans and active duty military to help. Many of them were inspired to volunteer with Forever Your Overwatch Foundation, and are invaluable contributors to our mission to help each client feel safe and empowered. As a man of strength, it is important to openly model support and empowerment for women to all my male peers.
Thank you for recognizing the efforts by men to combat violence against women.