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UPCOMING EVENTS
June 12, 2014
Back in 2009 myself and two of my friends( Sam and Kyle) started the DHP. We kick started the project with me running 100 miles. This was a run that was done with wounded vets, active duty military, retired military, and military families that have lost loved ones. With the support of these people I was able to complete the 100 miles, in 32 hours, and raised $7,000. Over the last four years we have formed close relationships with wounded vets, assisted military families in need, and have done things to keep the memories of the fallen alive. On June 12th, I'll go at it again to do what I can for the DHP. With the support and help of many people I will attempt to raise as much as I can by running 200 miles, non stop. This run is not centered around the question of if I can run it or not, its all about raising funds for the ones that should matter the most, and paying homage to Louisiana's fallen soldiers. This run will give everyone an opportunity to get involved. In the coming days we will have a link on our site that will allow you to participate. Want to run 10, 20, or 30 miles? There will be a $250 min donation to run. Talk to anyone that was involved with the 100 mile run, it was amazing. You will not want to miss it. We will have wounded vets running, some famous folks, and some active duty military. More details to come. Stand by. Brad McKee DHP President

One Wounded Vets view on the DHP

Most of the other thousands of Non Profits out there were formed by non military groups , with limited to zero military combat experience. They treat the Wounded Warriors like numbers or Cattle !  I was most impressed with your organization, the DHP, because you stood alone out of a ocean of copy cats & wannbes ! I had a one on one experience that I will never forget !
That is why I feel it is a honor to assist you in becoming  a Household name at the Worlds Most prestigious Military Medical Hospital  ! It is fun ; it challenging ; it is intriguing & I am making a whole lot of friends / important connections in the process !
Thank you so Much !
Semper FI
David

E mail from a Marine we helped

I would like to express my immense gratitude to Brad McKee and the rest of DH Project. Due to reinjuring an ankle I originally injured while serving in the Marines on my last deployment, I had undergone a major corrective surgery last May which was unsuccessful. I am now about to undergo two more surgeries back to back in the next few months which will make surgery numbers 5 and 6. All these medical problems have prevented me from being able hold down a decent job. Not only from the frequent inability to even walk, but from the severe pain I’m always dealing with. All this has led to me having major financials problems which the VA has not been of any assistance with and has even caused my landlord to provide me with a 5 day eviction notice. Brad caught word of this on a Recon/Sniper Facebook page we are apart of. He asked me for more details about my situation and provided that to the rest of the DH Project crew and they agreed to help without hesitation. Brad quickly overnighted me enough funds to be able to get caught up on my rent and avoid being evicted and possibly homeless just less than a week before my next much needed surgery.
 
From what I have learned  in the past few days, the DH Project’s generosity, as well as their unwavering dedication and loyalty to not only myself, but many other veterans, has made a huge impact on many of ours and our families lives. No amount of words can express the appreciation for what they have done for me and needless to say will continue to do for other veteran’s in the future, but again, thank you so much for what you have done!
 
Semper Fi!
 
SGT/USMC

Beth(sister) and Gary(dad) run the Louisiana Marathon in honor of their son/brother, SSG John Winsper, who died in Dec 2013. They all said John was a big supporter of the DHP. 

GerDono Wade with one of the strongest women( Laura Sweatt) in the world.

Fundraiser at CF Native. We surprised the Martin family with a plane ticket to see their son’s ashes for the first time. 

Their son was killed while serving in the military 

TJ’s gym did it big for us. We surprised a wounded vet at this fundraiser. Provided his family with a full paid cruise and fully furnished his families house. 

Brad and Sgt G. 

Sgt G is a wounded vet that we have stayed in touch with over the years. We took him on a sky diving trip back in 2011

DHP event at CF Overload. Dave Castro and Coach Mike Burgener in attendance

Check out Rob Orlando sporting the DHP shirt

Part of a thank you letter we received from a Wounded Vet we helped

TODAY I PRAISE OUR LORD BECAUSE ILLUMINATE US AND GAVE US THE CONFIDENCE TO KNOCK ON MR. BRAD MCKEE DOOR, WE KNEW THE CONSIDERATION AND THE GREAT SUPPORT MY FAMILY AND I RECEIVE FROM HIM IN THE PAST THROUGH THE DISPOSABLE HEROES PROJECT , ACTUALLY THANKS TO THAT KIND OF INVOLVEMENT FROM THE DHP WE GET TO MAKE A BETTER HOME OUT OF THESE HOUSE  , THAT DAY WE DID NOT HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE BUT TO ASK FOR HELP .

 THAT HELP CAME FROM THE HANDS OF THE DISPOSABLE HEROES PROJECT AND MR BRAD MCKEE , BY HELPING US TO COMPLETE THE SECURITY DEPOSIT NEEDED TO SECURE A PLACE TO RENT AND MOVE OUT OF THE PLACE WE USED TO CALL HOME FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS .

WE WAS  VERY WORRY AND TRYING TO FOCUS , BUT THE ONLY THING WE HAVE IN OUR MINDS FOR SURE WAS THAT WE MUST STEP OUT OF OUR HOUSE  THAT NIGHT OR THE NEXT DAY , WHEN YOU ARE A FATHER AND A MOTHER AND YOUR CHILDREN S ARE IN EMINENT DANGER YOU JUST DON’T REST UNTIL THAT DANGER IS CLEARED WE DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT WE END UP DOING IF WE DIDN’T GET TO RECEIVE THE ASSISTANCE AND THE CONSIDERATION WE GOT FROM THE DISPOSABLE HEROES PROJECT .

THE WAY THEY GET TO EXTEND THEIR HANDS TO MY FAMILY TO HELP US   IN THIS  SCARY  SITUATION WAS DEFINITIVELY NOT A BAND-AID SOLUTION AND A FIRM DEMONSTRATION OF COMPASSION AND SOLIDARITY FOR THE FAMILY OF AN A AMERICAN DISABLE VETERAN . THE DHP PROVIDE A GREAT RELIEVE  TO THIS BURDEN  WE HAD THAT WAS NOTHING ELSE BUT A HEALTH THREAT  THAT WAS COMPROMISING MY DAUGHTERS AND OUR WHOLE FAMILY HEALTH INTEGRITY .

THANK YOU .

FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART.

SPC HUGO 

Awesome pic of Tony Blair rocking the DHP shirt. Photo was taken by Mandy Whitley Photography.

So check this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Through a contact, I got a text today from a Marine( 3 time combat vet). The Marine informed me that his kid had came down with a horrible disease. The Marine was stationed in Hawaii when he found out about this. The only place to treat him was in San Diego. The last few months have been a nightmare for them. They had to move their whole family, stay in hotel rooms at their own expense, and much more. 

I asked the Marine what his biggest burden was. He said and I quote “Due to our growing financial issues the biggest worry is keeping food in the fridge and having gas to drive my other two boys to school and being able to see our third. “

As soon as I heard this, I got in my truck and drove to Target. I bought a $3,000 gift card for food. I then drove to the shell station and purchased $500 worth of gas for them. His family will be receiving both of these tomorrow. 

This is one of the many reasons we started the Disposable Heroes Project. We wanted to help the ones that have done so much for us.

God Bless our troops.

Brad
President of the DHP

A Thank you e mail from a Marine we helped

The Disposable Heroes Project

On behalf of my family and I, thank you for your very generous gifts. My family is going through a very serious financial hardship. From an unexpected transfer from Hawaii back to CONUS due to severe medical conditions of my newborn son. Your generosity has put food on our plates and helped alleviate a substantial burden.

Go Ruck Scavenger
Minneapolis

Josh salm(civilian)
Jesse scheuren(“former”usmc) James Salm(army)
Adam hahn(“former”usmc)
Aaron Hahn (civilian)John Scharinger(“former” usmc)

Showing support for the DHP at an event in TX.

CPT Colby Frey
SSG Wayne Haynes
PVT Grant Decz

DHP helping 4 Marines fly home

Just got a call that some Marines needed assistance. Had four Marines that are staioned in Hawaii and are about to go Afghanistan. Before Marines leave for deployment they get a little time to go home to spend with their families. These Maraines were having trouble paying for the flight cost that’s sometimes over $1,000. The Disposable Heroes Project stepped in and paid for all their flights so they could see their families before they leave for deployment. God Bless our troops.

Brad

DHP President

This was the first Marine with a Disposable Heroes tattoo. This is where the name of the project came from. I served with Hank, in Iraq, on two different deployments. 

TDHP - Skydiving 03_23_12 from The Disposable Heroes Project on Vimeo.

Part of The Disposable Heroes Project mission is helping vets get their mind off life’s pressures and take them out for a good time. On March 23rd Brad McKee gave Sgt. Isaac Gallegos and Serviceman Josh Groom a free flight & and interesting landing. Please show your support at thDHproject.org

Check out this pic of our troops in Afghanistan after completing the DHP workout. Not only are they serving our country but they took some time out of their day to raise money for the DHP. Thanks and God Bless

Earlier this year we surprised Jake Anderson and his wife with a full paid honeymoon. They were not able to take one when they got married. Jake was wounded on his first deployment and volunteered to go back for another one. When he returned from his second deployment , we were their to greet him with this surprise. Jake is an active duty Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Check out this awesome video of Jake and his wife on their honeymoon. Being the kind people they are, they donated money to a local school while on their trip. God Bless our troops

Meet Chris Pace. This man is a warrior and one of the biggest supporters of the DHP. Last year he raised over $10,000 for the DHP by putting his body through pure hell(run/bike combination). Thanks Chris, for all your hard work and service to this country.

Seth and Monique Wagner showing support for the DHP!

Last month we sent Hugo Gonzalez and his family on a full paid Disney Cruise. Hugo was injured in combat. He is now blind in both eyes. 

After talking to Hugo multiple times one the phone, he has become one of the most inspiring guys I know. He is full of life and always wants the best for wife and three kids. 

We also purchased a small puppy dog for his three little girls. 

Daniel Lister Follow Up : Your Donations at Work!

A few months ago we held a fundraiser in honor of  injured serviceman Daniel Lister. 

Checkout some of the pics of how the DHP stepped in to help.

Checkout the old post here : http://thedhproject.org/#!/post/20636474760/tjs-crossfit-daniel-lister-on-dec-10-brad

David and I during our trip to Boston. We surprised David with a hand peddled bike and some batting practice with the Boston Red Sox

About to ship more shirts out. The main way we are able to help our troops is by the sale of these shirts. Get yours today

Check out Rich Froning Jr competing at the Central East CrossFit Regionals. Rich was crowned the fittest man on earth after winning the 2011 CrossFit Games. Notice what shirt he’s wearing? Rich is a big supporter of the project. We will be cheering him on at this years games.

Chris Holt and the gang at CrossFit Threshold have already raised over $2,000 for the DHP. Check out the cool way they are getting it done.

Jordan McBride

     A friend of Brad McKee’s, Nick McDaniel, contacted him and said he and his dad, Dwayne McDaniel, wanted to provide a full-paid hunting trip for a wounded veteran. The DHP has established a relationship with Brooke Army Medical Center and asked if they had anyone who’s like to get away and go hunting. 

Jordan McBride, a wounded veteran from Houston, is in rehab in San Antonio, and joined McKee and Nick McDaniel for a four-day hunting trip in Sterling, Texas.

“He said being in the rehab center every day can get so depressing and monotonous, and there are guys screaming around him,” McKee said. “Hunting is something he likes, and he kept saying how exciting and relieving it was to get out for a few days.”

McKee and McDaniel had a bag about 3 feet long full of everything he could need to hunt, including all types of camouflage, boots, jackets, thermals, pants, socks, shirts and the rifle. 

“He had the biggest kill that weekend,” McKee said. “He shot a 10-point buck.” The DHP is having it mounted for him. “That’s what this is about,” McKee said. “Projects like these relieve so much stress for these veterans, even if it’s just for a short period of time.”

CrossFit by Overload

CrossFit by Overload helped us raised $3,000. We surprised two wounded vets at this event. One with a back packing trip to the Grand Canyon and the other with a sky diving trip. 

Thanks Paula and Jordan for being great host. Love you guys.

Pics of Jake and Larissa’s surprise honeymoon to Jamaica. We surprised Jake and his wife, with a full paid honeymoon, when he got back from his 2nd deployment. He was wounded on his 1st deployment.

Brian Gallagher, the 100 mile Marine, ran 100 miles around the World Trade center site and raised $10,000 for the DHP. Thanks Brian, for all your efforts and support.

On my way to surprise a wounded vet- Part one

TJ’s CrossFit - Daniel Lister

On Dec. 10 Brad McKee traveled to San Francisco on behalf of the DHP. He, along with the owners of TJ’s CrossFit gym in San Francisco conducted a DHP Workout of the Day (WOD), which is an hour-long, grueling workout. “We do it that way so the people participating can dig down deep and think about a small fraction of what our wounded veterans go through,” McKee said. Everyone who participated in the WOD had to donate a minimum of $25 to the DHP. “You know what though,” McKee said. “Of the maybe 65 people who participated, there was not one check for $25. It was $50 here, $100 there, and we raised about $10,000.” To make the fundraiser more meaningful, and to show veterans people are grateful for their service, the DHP brought a wounded veteran to the event in California.“It was the first one we took a veteran to, so it was very unique,” McKee said.
            Daniel Lister, a veteran from Marietta, Ga., lost a leg, badly injured the other leg, lost both testicles and gallbladder, suffered from brain damage and had metal in his stomach and intestines serving our country. He has a wife and two kids, and his wife now takes on the duties of both parents. He and his wife accompanied McKee to San Francisco. “A friend of theirs contacted me and said they were having a hard time,” McKee said. “We wanted them to get out the house and see how we raise money. They had an excellent time.” McKee found out the family had furniture needs and were sharing beds and putting clothes on the floor because they had no dressers, so the DHP fully furnished their house.“They were amazed just by the WOD and said it was such a relief from everyday stressful life and that they couldn’t ask for more,” McKee said. “Then we told them about the furniture and they were both in tears. They broke down.”
    Their reactions had just as much impact on the people participating in the WOD, McKee said.“There wasn’t a dry eye in that building, especially when Daniel spoke about the struggles of everyday life,” McKee said. The final surprise for the Lister family is a fully paid seven-day cruise for the whole family. “They told us they filmed their kids’ reactions when they told them about the cruise Christmas morning, and they’re sending us the film,” McKee said. Following the San Francisco trip, McKee traveled to San Antonio to the Brooke Army Medical Center Dec. 14-18.

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Crucible - In honor of Matthew Wildes
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The Disposable Heroes Project conducted its first obstacle course on Aug. 27, 2011. The event was the largest in the hometown of the DHP founders, Hammond, La.  About 200 people gathered on the top level of the Southeastern Louisiana University parking deck to support American troops.
       The parents of Matthew Wildes, a fallen soldier from Hammond who gave the ultimate sacrifice before his 19th birthday, watched as more supporters poured in to compete for the best time in their American flag DHP t-shirts.
       The DHP tries to dedicate each event to a wounded veteran or family of a fallen soldier.  “August 27 is a day we won’t forget,” said Mary Wildes, mother of Matthew Wildes. “Today is the two-year anniversary of Matthew’s death.”  A lot of people don’t think about the troops, Mary said. “Today is important to us,” she told participants before the race.
       With obstacles such as a slip and slide, blanket crawl, sand bag run and hurdle jump, Sgt. Brad McKee, founder of the DHP, gave extra encouragement to participants at the start line.
“Imagine going to bed every night without your son or daughter,” McKee told the crowd. “That’s what Mary and Clint Wildes do every night. This is what DHP is about- honoring those soldiers.”
        The Disposable Heroes Project raised more than $10,000 that day. All proceeds, excluding event expenses, go toward serving wounded veterans and families of fallen soldiers through the country financially, emotionally and spiritually.
“This is just the first year, and we’ve learned a lot of lesson planning the event,” DHP co-founder Samuel Macaluso said. “We’ll be doing more like this, and the next one will be 10 times better.”
        With your support, we can continue to reach more people who fight for our freedom, and families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Those people need to know they are not just a number, and they will never be forgotten.
The DHP offers our sincere appreciation for your encouragement, support and involvement.

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The DHP 9/11 Throw-Down

The 9/11 Throw-down helped the DHP raise over $8,000. Thanks to Jeremy and all the boxes that threw down.

Thanks to CrossFit NWA for raising over $11,000 for the DHP

Organization Raises Money for Wounded Veterans

Boston Harbor Cruise - Joseph and Samantha

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In July of 2011 we took our second annual trip to Boston for The DH Project Harbor Cruise Fundraiser thrown by Neil White and Mike Pitts. These guys contacted us two years ago wanting to help us raise funds to aid our mission and they did just that. Neil and Mike have spearheaded this event the past two years and they’ve done an amazing job, hats off to them! The event is a three-hour cruise around the historic Boston Harbor in a ship built for entertaining.

     Outfitted with a band, hor dourves, some Harpoon sponsored brew, and great people gathering for a worthy cause, we made some wake in the harbor in the name of our brave soldiers. However, this was not the only event on our New England agenda. We were fortunate enough to be accompanied by two wounded soldiers, Joseph and Samantha, from the Brooke Ashley Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. These two soldiers thought they were simply along to help raise awareness at our fundraiser, however earlier that day we were able to surprise them with a private tour of Fenway Park! This had been a dream of Samantha’s as she has been a lifelong Red Sox fan. As we strolled through the hallowed grounds of the most historic baseball park in the world, and seeing the looks on Joseph and Samantha’s faces, we couldn’t help but feel truly lucky to be able to provide opportunities like this to those who truly deserve them.

      It’s those smiles that make all of our hard work worthwhile and will only drive us to bring more of them to the faces of our freedom fighters. 

Crossfit Native - In honor of Jack Martin
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The DHP made its way to Oklahoma City April 30, 2011, to conduct a Workout of the Day at CrossFit Native. The WOD was a heroes WOD, meaning it was dedicated to someone who gave his life in the line of service. 
      The unique thing about the trip was that it involved the family of the hero, Jack Martin, of Oklahoma. The DHP went to dinner with Jack’s parents, who later invited them back to the house to hear stories of their son and to see his medals. “The people who have lost someone just want to talk about their loved ones,” said Sgt. Brad McKee, founder of DHP. “It’s a stress reliever, and for a little while, their feelings aren’t pent up.”
      In passing, his parents mentioned Jack’s ashes were in Washington, and they’d never seen them. The comment stuck in the minds of Brad and DHP co-founder, Samuel Macaluso, and with the help of Kirk Suiter, CrossFit Native owner and Southwest Airlines employee, the DHP was able to surprise the couple with tickets to Washington whenever they wanted to go. 
      Jack’s parents and siblings spoke to the CrossFit Native WOD participants before their workout and told them about Jack’s love for the military, CrossFit, and his sense of humor. Brad participated with Jack’s medic pack on his back- a constant reminder of Jack as the athletes went through the intense hour-long WOD. 
      “The crowd was energetic, and it meant more because they got to hear form the family of the person they were honoring in their WOD,” Brad said. The DHP has kept in contact with the Martin family, as they try to do with all families. “We want them to know if they need anything after that, we’re here,” Brad said. “We’re not a one-time stop, handing over a check and moving on.”
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CrossFit Blackhawk 66 and CrossFit Apex

CrossFit Blackhawk 66 and CrossFit Apex helped us raise over $1,500. Thanks Vic, Tanya, Josh

CrossFit Atlanta WOD

CrossFit Atlanta helped the DHP raise over $2,000. This was the first DHP WOD fundraiser. Thanks Mike G and Dan M.

Brad’s 100 mile run part 2 teaser 

 

Brad’s 100 mile run Part 1 teaser.

 

Brad’s 100 mile run part 4 teaser

The DHP 100 mile run

Brad, the President of the DHP ran 106.4 miles to raise money and awareness for the project. We raised over $7,000. Thanks to all the supporters that came out that weekend.