MISSION and VISION

 

The MISSION of Irreverent Warriors is to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to heal the mental wounds of war, through therapeutic events and entertainment, in order to reduce PTSD and prevent veteran suicide. Our VISION is to provide all U.S. Veterans with the strongest veteran based support network, reduce the impact of PTSD, and eliminate veteran suicide.

 

 

We are a registered California non-profit and have 501C3 tax exempt status

Irreverent Warriors Inc

P.O. Box 28423 San Diego, CA, 92198

Tax ID Number-47-4789126

 

 

How do we prevent suicide?

 
 
We provide a sense of community for veterans, much like the VFW did many years ago.
Our programs are events that bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie.
Our events bring veterans together in large quantities, more so than any other organization- using veteran friendly methods of coping: humor and camaraderie. When veterans come together at our events we give them an opportunity to connect, bond, love, and support each other. The connections and bonds made at our events allow veterans to create their own support network. The support that we give each other makes us less likely to commit suicide.
We also partner with veteran organizations who provide other services to veterans, services such as jobs, training, money, housing, service dogs, and more. The mental and spiritual support that we give each other, combined with the introduction of other services, give veterans the help and hope they need to stop considering suicide.

 

Why humor?

 

ir·rev·er·entadj. - an inability to take serious things seriously. 

 

Irreverent Warriors are veterans who have used humor to get through the darkest side of humanity. We are the men and women who have been prepared to kill and die for our country. We have laughed in the face of death, dismemberment, and the enemies of the United States.
We have experienced pain, tragedy, and trauma- both overseas and at home- and we have used humor as a coping mechanism.

Laughing in the midst of tragedy allows us to continue the mission without breaking down mentally every day.

Irreverent Warriors are connected by three things-

1) Our shared experiences in the US military.

2) Our shared experiences as people who have dealt with pain, tragedy, and trauma.

3) Our tendency to use humor to get through pain, tragedy, and tramua.

 

Our Main Event- The Silkies Hike (TM)

 

The "Silkies Hike, 22, with 22, for the 22” started as a single event on July 25, 2015 in San Diego, CA. It skyrocketed to over 40 events nationwide in 3 months time, each coordinated by local veterans. Captain Danny Maher, USMC (Ret), and best friend, Sergeant Ryan Loya, USMC, co-founded the hike through their non-profit, Irreverent Warriors, with the idea that camaraderie and humor can save a life.

In 2014, Danny and Ryan each lost a close friend to suicide. While a patient in Wounded Warrior Battalion West located in San Diego, CA, Danny befriended LCpl Artem Lazukin, who took his own life on March 29, 2015. Six months prior, Sgt. Jeremy Sears committed suicide on October 6, 2014. Sears was first to respond when an IED blast threw Ryan 20 feet into a nearby river.

As a result, Danny and Ryan made a pact to reduce the epidemic of veteran suicide, and so started the Silkies Hike: 22 with 22 for the 22.

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Founder/Chairman of the Board, Captain Danny Maher

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Co-Founder, Sgt. Ryan Loya

 

 

Our Staff

Jesse James

President & CEO

His love for his country and fellow veterans drew him into wanting to do more in the veteran community. He was tired of hearing stories of veterans committing suicide because they had nowhere to turn. Enter Irreverent Warriors and the silkies hikes.

Aly Mellon

Director of Operations

Aly always has a smile on her face and looks for the good in everything. She joined IW in the hopes of changing the lives and making a difference in the lives our veterans. In her free time Aly enjoys traveling the world, spending time with her friends and watching … Read More

Samantha Brown

Director of Development

Samantha refuses to take herself too seriously and likes to think she has a quick wit. She joined Irreverent Warriors with the goal of using her experience in politics and fundraising to further the goals of IW and give back to our nations veterans. Samantha likes to spend as much … Read More

Christopher Michael

Director of IT and Media Manager

Chris is a lovable goof who enjoys entertaining others, no matter where he is. Since joining the IW team, Chris considers it his civic duty to make sure all veterans at IW events are having the absolute best time possible. Chris is extremely grateful for the relationships and opportunities created … Read More

Mike Cruz

PTSD Awareness Liaison

Mike Cruz is a fun, outgoing, humorous and caring person. Recently medically retired from the Marine Corps in 2015, and now back in college to get his bachelors degree in Graphic Design by 2017 from San Diego State University. He currently is involved in the research projects of many local doctors, in hopes to … Read More

Justin Restivo

HR Director

Justin Restivo is our HR Director and member of the organizations Advisory Board. He is a Certified Human Resources Manager and seasoned HR professional for large global organization. He is also a strong voice for Veterans and the LGBT community and works tirelessly to promote diversity & inclusion in the … Read More

Devin Jones

Server Administrator

An Air Force veteran with a love for tech who started out as a “Motor  – T”  master and is now a systems engineer for a webhosting company. Devin joined up after a request from friend and fellow Air Force vet Christopher Michael, and strives to help all of his … Read More

Cindy Mcnally

National Silkies Hike Coordinator

Cindy McNally is a veteran, Army and Texas Army National Guard 1978-1983.  She is the Founder and Past President of WilCo Blue Star Mothers, a Dept. of Defense for military parents, and is the Blue To Gold Liaison for the families of our Central Texas KIA’s. She is a member … Read More

Gina Wilson

Volunteer Outreach Chair

Gina, affectionately known as “Mama G” to our warriors, is the MoM of an active duty Marine. An active volunteer in other military organizations, she joined IW to help make a difference in Veteran’s lives as well. “Giving back to those who have given so much to us” is the … Read More