Daniel Egbert and Doc King served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they’re saving lives back home. In the conclusion of our two-part series on Project 22, we find out what’s next for these veterans.
In our first story on veterans Daniel Egbert and Doc King, we told you about about their inspiring documentary Project 22. The film, which they’re aiming to release this summer, follows the 27-day motorcycle journey Daniel and Doc took across the U.S. They rode all that way to draw attention to the shocking suicide rate among veterans — an average of 22 a day.
Project 22 is only the start of what’s coming from from Daniel and Doc’s organization, Medicinal Missions. They want the group to improve veterans’ life through a formula that many of our other DesignGood-ers use: positivity and social outreach.
“Veterans should be mentors and should be able to continue their lives and use what they have for good,” Daniel says. “We’re spreading the word that hope is out there.”
One vet at a time
Another really cool thing about Medicinal Missions’ work is its focus on the individual. The group reaches out directly to veterans who are suffering.”We get calls from people saying ‘My husband is in a dark place right now,’ and we’ll say ‘OK, give us your number,’” Daniel says.
“We’ll call, and he’ll start crying on the phone.”
For Daniel and Doc, the mission is personal.
“We keep in touch with these people,” Daniel says. “We’ll call everyone and tell them to reach out anytime, and they do. I just spent an hour on the phone talking to someone I’ve never met before but we have everything in common.”