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The Mendleton Foundation was created with one simple idea; leave no brother behind. Mendleton started life as a Facebook group designed to build camaraderie and give Camp Pendleton Marines and Sailors a way to exchange extra gear. One evening, though, a Marine, in a dark place and with nowhere else to turn, reached out for support. Within the hour, dozens had offered him the helping hand he needed. Since that fateful evening, our membership has grown tenfold, but one thing has remained the same; Brotherhood. Mendleton is comprised of active duty service members and veterans of all branches in two separate functions; a private members only online forum, and our public nonprofit foundation. The Mendleton Foundation is on a mission to drop the suicide rate of our veterans to zero, because even one life taken from this world to soon is one too many.
Who We Are:
The Mendleton Foundation was created in 2015 by David Hackman and Michael Moss, both veterans of the Navy and Marine Corps respectively. Beyond our founders Mendleton is supported by active duty and veteran volunteers from all of our armed services. As of February 1, 2016 Mendleton has just over 19,500 member.
How We Are Unique:
Mendleton was first established as an online forum for veterans and active duty members alike to reach out and connect with one another. Today Mendleton is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity, and will use any funds collected to hold events, and to help any qualifying veteran or active duty service member who reaches out to us.
Here at Mendleton our ideals are simple. The military life is not an easy one. Our service members have experienced hardships both abroad and at home. The military has an established support network, but it often falls short. We at Mendleton are here to fill that gap. Through our online forum and events, Mendleton provides an outlet to connect both Active Duty and veterans, and to raise awareness for the many problems affecting our service members including suicide.