23rd Veteran

Happier Veterans. Healthier Communities

Duluth, MN   |  23rdveteran.org

Mission

Provide happier, healthier lives for veterans living with trauma.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mike Waldron

Main address

24 N 21st Ave W

Duluth, MN 55806 USA

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EIN

47-3420231

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Founder, Mike Waldron, served in the initial invasion of Iraq in the Marine Corps Infantry. Five years after combat he began experiencing severe symptoms of PTSD, which lasted for years to come. During that time life became very difficult to live, the only thing he looked forward to was going to sleep.

The VA published a study stating 22 veterans killed themselves every day during this time. Mike felt like he nearly became one of those 22 veterans. The next closest to this is the 23rd Veteran. Since 9/11 an estimated 3,321,125 veteran's have been in this position, planning or attempting their own suicide.

23rd Veteran now describes a veteran who has felt death was a viable option, they are still here and helping other veterans.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

23V Recon

23V Recon is a fun and challenging life-changing experience for veterans. It begins with a team of local veterans on a trip to an outdoor adventure in a distant state. Here we begin to build the strong camaraderie we often miss after leaving the military.
With our new team, we participate in instructor-led workouts three times each week. We get our heart rate up so that our brain releases Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). With BDNF available, we participate in our brain-retraining program for 30 minutes following each workout. Doing so builds strong positive memories, influences happiness through positive psychology, and most importantly leaves us with a strong team of veterans and civilians within our community!

Four weeks into this program civilians are introduced and become fully participating members of the team, following all the same rules as the veterans.

Dedication and commitment is a requirement to take advantage of this free program! We have strict rules and solid leadership. Happiness is not an entitlement, you have to earn it!

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Health

Our bladesmithing program is designed to capture the attention of working-class veterans who aren’t seeing the value of art-therapy. With the motivating end-result of possessing a usable piece of sharp-art created themselves through sweat, fire, and focus, our veterans are more likely to join the group setting and get to know other veterans and members of the community. After completing our 5-week course, the veterans are invited to join our partnering nonprofit Forging Community where they can continue the historic craft at their leisure.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Health

Clarity is not found in your average post-trauma seminar. 23rd Veteran breaks the mold of trauma education with material that a teenager can easily understand. Our engagement and education allows those living with trauma and their loved ones to truly understand why they may be experiencing the thoughts, emotions, anxiety and depression in their life, and what they can do about it. Our unique 5-minute cartoon explaining the evolution of trauma has been shown at mental health seminars, military units, and universities nation-wide. While focusing on pre-deployment and post-deployment seminars, this engagement encompasses employers, universities, television, radio, and community groups all looking to create a successful environment for our veterans.

Population(s) Served
Health
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Health

Related Program

23V Recon

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

14 week course: Wk#1 in wilderness builds bonds among vets; Wks #2-14- cross fit training & psychology sessions in gym; enables brain activity to create positive memories from negative triggers

Number of clients who show a measurable decrease in PTSD symptoms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Veterans

Related Program

23V Recon

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participant survey comments with the following pertinent data: Change in Quality of life; Change in trusting others; Change in getting along with others; and change in level of happiness.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total contributions from donations and registration fees for 23vRuck March special event that fund the Recon Program and solicited gifts for Bladesmithing Program which increases positive memories.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Military personnel, Health

Related Program

Bladesmithing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With a motivating end-result of possessing a usable piece of sharp-art created themselves through sweat, fire, and focus, vets are more likely to join the group setting and get to know other.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Health

Related Program

Community Engagement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our engagement/education allows those living with trauma and their loved ones to understand why they may be experiencing the emotions, anxiety and depression in life, and what can be done about it.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Mission
Provide happier, healthier lives for veterans living with Trauma.


Objectives:

- 23V Recon: Recondition our veterans to live happy, successful lives through our exclusive 14-week program.

- Combat Stress Seminars: Provide education on why our brains are supposed to change in combat, why we bring that home with us, and what the community can do to create a friendlier environment for our veterans.

- Bladesmithing - an art therapy program that motivates veterans to get out of their homes and build relationships in the community while creating a sharp piece of art


Overview
23rd Veteran's 23V Recon program is a groundbreaking transition program for veterans leaving the military and those who were never properly transitioned. Depression is common among our returning veterans with over 130,000 veteran suicides since 9/11. In 2012 it was estimated that 22 veterans a day are committing suicide. 23rd Veteran was created with that shocking statistic in mind.

A nonprofit organization headquartered in Minnesota, 23rd Veteran has developed a program to retrain our veterans' brains to live happier, healthier, and more successfully in the civilian world. Utilizing brain science, evolutional theory, positive trigger re-association, and positive psychology, we help veterans transition to live more successful in the civilian world by providing an innovative reconditioning program. U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan has labeled this innovative treatment "Positive Reconditioning" in efforts to gain support through U.S. Legislation.

23V Recon (Reconditioning Program)
23V Recon is our primary objective. It's our "brain reconditioning" program providing a profound impact for
veterans and civilians. We utilize brain science, combined with camaraderie and positive psychology to retrain
our negative triggers from combat stress to relate to new positive events, establishing a mindset that is far
more successful in the civilian world. This is a groundbreaking approach to serving veterans with traumatic
experiences and early results have shown it to be extremely successful. The program has been piloted in
Duluth, MN, experienced multiple improvements and is now launching in Minneapolis in 2018 and Southern California in 2019.


Community Engagement
23rd Veteran provides engagement seminars on combat stress. We teach why our brains are supposed to
change during traumatic situations, why we carry that with us, and what the community can do to create a
friendlier environment for veterans. This education is provided to corporations, universities, community
groups, U.S. Congress, and government organizations. We also specialize in providing this very useful and destigmatizing education to military units before they deploy.

These speaking engagements are mutually beneficial for the participants, 23rd Veteran, and veterans. The
outcomes are the following:

 The participants better understand combat stress and how to better serve veterans
 People that experience PTSD make leaps in progressing away from severe symptoms of the disorder.
 Veterans become motivated to join our reconditioning program
 Donors understand the epidemic and are excited to help
 After educating U.S. Congress, they are looking to make changes with the Department of Defense
and the Veterans Administration in both their education programs and their transition programs.

Reconditioning Capabilities:
We've published the "23V Recon Playbook", which acts as a manual for coaches and veterans in the program. The book allows for easy expansion and execution of the program by laying out the foundation for:
- The rules
- The workouts
- The positive psychology sessions
- The memory retraining portions of the program

The "Playbook" has been used and refined through 28 weeks of execution. The 3rd Version of the playbook has been used in expansion to 3 cities in 2018


Combat Stress Seminar Capabilities
Our Executive Director has been speaking around the country for military units, corporations, community clubs, mental health conferences, universities, and U.S. Congress for the past 3 years. The Seminars are continuing to be improved and refined for Education, Entertainment, and Significance. The feedback received is amazingly positive and used to improve future seminars.

Accomplished:
Successfully graduated 36 participants of the Reconditioning Program
- 100% report living happier with a higher quality of life

Performed 306 Combat Stress Seminars
- Educating 18,597 audience members
- Provided pre-deployment training to 1,113 military members
- Provided seminar to members of Congress in Washington D.C.

Received National Awards
- 2nd place in Veteran Business Growth Challenge with 102 competitors nation-wide
- Named the nation's "Best Venture Impacting Veterans"s in the same national challenge

Happening Next:
Reconditioning program for veterans in:
- Duluth, MN
- St. Cloud, MN
- Minneapolis, MN
- Los Angela, CA
- Philidelphia

Continue educating our community, leaders, and military on why we're supposed to get PTSD, and how to train that back out of the brain.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    23rd Veteran serves any military veteran who has experienced trauma during their time in the military. Some examples include, but are not limited to, physical injury, mental strain due to combat, sexual abuse, death of comrade, etc.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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23rd Veteran

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Nathe

Nathan Helder

ALLETE

Zac Stanley

UBS Financial Services

Brian Krusz

Sgt. Clean’s Car Wash

Catkin Kilcher-Burton

Col. USMC (Ret)

Mike Waldron

23rd Veteran

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data