After a detrimental motorcycle accident, Tim Wayne Medvetz had to overcome a tremendous obstacle to find his physical health. Despite the odds, Medvetz fought back and used his personal experience to help those who faced battles of their own.
In 2009, Medvetz founded The Heroes Project, which supports veterans, soldiers, marines, military families and communities.
“We can make a difference and change the lives of our wounded veterans, marines, soldiers and their families one soldier, one marine, one family at a time,” Medvetz writes on the Heroes Project website.
The Heroes Project’s goal is to improve the care provided for the military and those connected to the military through “individual support, community empowerment and systematic change.”
The charity achieves its mission through three strategies, which include Climbs for Heroes, Hope for Heroes and Voices for Heroes.
Climbs for Heroes
Backed by its founder, the organization leads climbing projects for wounded military personnel, training them how to climb the highest summits around the globe. These treks are documented and used to inspire injured veterans to stay active and get involved in community organizations like the Heroes Project.
The organization’s latest adventure followed USMC Sgt. Julian Torres during his travel up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Sgt. Torres lost both of his legs during battle in Afghanistan. He trained with support from The Heroes Project to complete this feat up the summit.
— The Heroes Project (@HeroesProjectUS) November 11, 2015
Hope for Heroes This initiative focuses on encouraging communities to take part in service programs that support the military and veterans. The Heroes Project helps with the promotion of community service events by spreading the word across the country.
Voices for Heroes The final initiative works to create media campaigns that focus on successful veterans care stories. It also educates political leaders and the general public about the needs in veterans care and care for their families.
Celebrity Support The Heroes Project receives backing from big name celebrities including Chris Evans Dean Winters and Cher. Evans shared a special message with the organization after hearing about a veteran’s climb. “I heard about the climb Marissa was doing, and I just think it’s amazing. It’s one of those overwhelming stories you hear that stays with you and it inspires you, so thank you,” the Captain America star wrote. “I want to say thank you for what you do for our country, for people like me. It’s inspiring, and I just want to say keep it up; stick with it. It’s really people like you that make people like me want to be better, so thank you. Keep it up. Good luck.”
Winters shared his support and wrote, “The Heroes Project is an organization founded by my good friend Tim Medvetz and spearheaded by a group of people that are looking to rehabilitate America’s soldiers.” “Our goal here at the Heroes Project is to take seven wounded warriors up seven summits around the world, and then use the footage to make a documentary to help inspire other veterans that wake up in the hospitals after suffering these horrific tragedies,” he added.
After continued support of American soldiers and veterans, it makes sense for Cher to team up with the organization. The singer continues to support Medvetz and The Heroes Project. The Heroes Project’s latest work is its self-titled documentary film. It raised more than $163,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to bring the project to life earlier this year. To get involved with the Heroes Project, visit the site at http://theheroesproject.org.