The Aiming for Zero event is the brainchild of Active Heroes founder Troy Yocum, the grandson of an American hero soldier who ended his own life. He began Active Heroes with a 17-month journey, dubbed the “Hike for Heroes,” when he walked 7,800 miles across 37 states from 2010 to 2011. Yocum became the first veteran to ever walk the length of America three times, and was awarded the Citizen Honors Medal by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The hike garnered national attention for veteran suicide awareness, raised $1.3 million for military families. Thus, Active Heroes was born.
What's remarkable about the 2020 Aiming for Zero competition is that it's bigger this year than it was last year...despite COVID-19 restrictions. That's huge. More than 200 competitors came out to help raise more than $25,000 for this terrific cause.
- Targeting struggling veterans within the competitive shooting community.
- Establishing camaraderie to cope with Post Traumatic Stress (anger, depression, loneliness, substance abuse and suicidal tendencies).
- Uniting veterans, families and supporters to care for each other in times of need.
- Training shooting clubs and ranges how to interact with suicidal veterans and the steps to assist them.