"Carry The Fallen" Active Heroes

$64,904 of $60k goal

Raised by 1,881 people in 17 months
Stephanie Mason Lembo
on behalf of Troy Yocum
 HATTIESBURG, MS


On November 7th 2015, 1 day shy of 5 years from the passing of my husband Anthoy Lembo,  Carry The Fallen- 'Pinebelt Homefront' will be hosting our first Ruck to bring awarness to military suicide. Our goal for this ruck is to raise $40,000 to support our local active military as well as our veterans to send selective members to our reterat in Louisville, Kentucky. As well as, raise the funds to do local events to bring awarness to our local community.  Any donation will help. Something has got to change for our military. Our community will fight till our local active duty/ veterans know that our community stands behind them! 

In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ study on veteran suicide concluded that 22 veterans a day take their own lives. That’s 8030 veterans annually from all eras of war including WW2, Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s more suicides annually than the total American deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) since the wars began. This is a shocking number that many find hard to believe.

Veterans are committing suicide in these high numbers attributed to triggering points:

Depression
Survivor’s guilt
Self-blame for mission failure
Impaired thinking caused by alcohol or substance abuse
An Altered worldview due to post-traumatic stress
Traumatic brain injury.
But what can be done to help reduce these numbers?

Active Heroes has a plan that’s already in action! We are building a unique Military Family Retreat Center that will support veterans and their families from every state with unique programs and healing areas! The retreat center is located in Shepherdsville, KY, just 35 minutes from Louisville or Fort Knox and is currently open for visitations and volunteer projects on Thursday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm by a quick online registration. We have streamed lined the process so that military families can visit the retreat each week and will host larger camping nights with seminars and great fun. Activities include hiking, an archery course, a scavenger challenge and cookouts.

We are currently raising needed funds to develop 4 cabins that will each serve up to 71 families a year that get to spend 5 days and 5 nights free of charge.

Military Families need a place to help them heal from the invisible wounds of war and triggering points. This unique retreat center needs your support to continue to assist these deserving families.












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Update 8
Posted by Stephanie Mason Lembo
16 months ago
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WOW, We hit our goal! Still looking to do so much more! Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Thank you so much!
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Update 7
Posted by Stephanie Mason Lembo
17 months ago
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I'm sorry if I have not been able to respond to everyone's messages . Everyone has sent many encouraging words. My heart cannot express the gratitude for the outreach. Love all Ya'll! Please keep spreading the word. Awareness and support is so important with Veterans and Active Duty who suffer with PTSD. We may not physically hold their hand but we emotionally hold their heart,and they need to know that!
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Bruce Beasley
17 months ago

Good Evening Ma'am, I am Bruce Beasley. I have PTSD and I am a veteran. After watching your touching video, I know that we are on a similar mission. I am creating a series of films that talk about, deal with and TEACH the world about PTSD. My first thought was to interview you for our current film which shows many different faces of those who have and are dealing with PTSD. My second thought was that we can help each other on our respective missions. My Associate Producer is a former SEAL from MS. (No kidding) Please let me know what you think...

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Vanessa Renee
17 months ago

Christian Kayla Normandin how can you say something like that? You clearly have no empathy, compassion or concern for anyone. Your words are pure evil and you don't know the hell you're talking about! Stephanie lost her husband and her kids lost their father. Instead of allowing her pain to paralyze her she decided to stand up and raise awareness for military PTSD because she doesn't want anyone else to go through what she had to. How exactly can you call someone a fraud and accuse them of taking peoples money when she turns over all donations to activeheros.org? So not only is your message hateful and offensive, but it lacks truth and logic! Ever heard of something called Karma? Well Karma is really the wrath of God. He doesn't like it when you hurt his children. So watch out Christian Kayla Normandin, cause karma's about to bite you in the ass!

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Dan Kelsey
17 months ago

Prayers, money, and a piece of my heart...heading your way.

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David Dogman Riggs
17 months ago

I am the Founder of K9 Care Montana, We would like to help and perhaps visit your KY retreat and provide services (at no cost) to build service dog awareness and education. Demonstrate the benefits of SD's and how this alternative approach can help save lives of our nations heroes. www.k9caremontana.org

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Allysen Phelan
17 months ago
7
7

Unfortunately i can not donate with money ,but being an ex military wife i know the challenges all to well that we face while our husband's are away, nad upon their return home! My Step -Dad and mom were both active duty..and Anything that i can do to help ,i know will honor their memory. ..Ilive in Savannah,Ga and would like to help in other ways if i can.Please contact me @ 912-660-0769. I am very sorry for your loss!

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Darla Dixon
17 months ago
4
4

Please contact me. I would like to volunteer to help you with online marketing if you need any help in that area. You can contact me thru my site DarlaDixon.com or on Facebook. I will share your story on FB right now.

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Fran Gross
17 months ago
4
4

Please read, & anyone looking for a new charity to help this one may be for you. Prayers & my donation is going there

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Laura Kinlaw Busby
17 months ago
4
4

Very sorry for your loss and your efforts to bring awareness. Very proud of you. One suggestion, make your FB page private except for any post generated towards awareness, leave them as public. Bless you!

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Jaime Sierra
17 months ago
4
4

. I'm interested in finding out how to donate my time and myself to this cause. I cannot donate money because we are a military family on one income and cannot afford that however I suffer from PTSD myself and I have had a traumatic brain injuries and suffer from depression. I have attempted suicide in the past I am on the road to recovery but I still suffer daily I understand how this feels on the other side of it my family understands how you guys feel that have suffered from this. So again I ask how can I donate my time on myself to this cause I do live in Colorado but if I can even invest just one week of summer it would be great! thank you in advance!

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Troy Wickham
17 months ago
3
3

i cant really donate but i can help get this out and about of this problem as i am a son of a naval man. i know many people with this problem of ptsd and i will help get the word out as much as i can the story brought tears to my eye's is why seeing as why i am a son of a naval man that served in the world war. i felt it is my duty to help get this word out as well and my condolences to the family's of the ptsd and any of them.

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Brian Fleming
17 months ago
3
3

I was just lucky when I was in the Army and never in combat. I can't even believe to imagine what my brothers are feeling inside. I do not have PTSD but I did try to kill my self two times. I was at the VA one day in the suicide prevention class and I found my self in a odd situation. I was the only Veteran in that class that was not in combat. The leader of the class and other Vets wanted to know what I was thinking about as I just sat in my chair quietly. I told them I have nothing to say The response from several Veterans why? I told them I was never in combat and that I feel deeply sad about what they went through and that I had NO right to make any comments on the matter a I was never combat. About all the same time the most of the class was confused and said something like you served you have the every right to speak here I told them. I did not see it that way. And this confused even more of the class. But the fact is, I was right thanks be to God I was never in combat as I can not even imagine the demons that my brothers were seeing. And I still think that way today. Yes I Enlisted and it was the right thing to do and given the chance I would Enlist again. My problem was a rappelling accident while in AIT. I fell down the tower about 60FT Got hurt had a botched surgery And was discharged. So afte a few years on profile I got a P3 and I was back on the block. I got robbed . My career in the Army was over just as it began. I have letters from the XO, Company Commander my PLT SGT all saying the same thing. If that surgery was not botched, they all had no doubt I would of been highly successful at completing the Army mission. I was so good at my MOS my CO I planed a mission for him that was used in the Bosnia as I knew my Job better than the NCO and Officers in my unit. To add insult to injury about a week after I was discharged. I was awarded a AAM. I'm sorry I got off target. The fact is It was just luck that I was never in combat. And one of the ways that I show my respect to these Veterans, especially the Vietnam Soliders and you can tell most of them wear either a OEF/OIF/Desert Storm or the Vietnam campaign ribbon on the hat. I always let them go first in font of me in the med line. As I told one Veteran from OEF/OIF you earned it go in front of me and the reply was . you earned it also. Then I have to say you deserve this more than I do. Those Soldiers and the ones currently sever they are MY HERO and I tell them that every time when I get the chance...

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Mike Weiland
17 months ago
3
3

Very emotional to see your pain. There are no words to speak to help the pain you are going threw. I could even imagine what you are going threw. You are a very sweet person in wanting to help others out there from going threw what you went and are still going threw. Your children will be without a father and as they get older they will know there father was a good man who served our Country. Life throws us many curve balls and some are very hard to dodge and change our life's in so many was that noybeveryone understands. Please stay stronge and your drive to help other is stronger than anything I have seen. I can't beleave that our Country leaders can't provide help to the most important people in our Country who stand up and fight for what so many people take for granted everyday. I wish everyone had the courage and strength to fight for what is right and should be. Much love to you and your kids. God Bless your big heart and never give up my dear.

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Lori Pike
17 months ago
3
3

Stephani Normsndin, What an awful thing to say! ! Where is ur proof? ? How dare you! ! Shame on you! ! Don't say things if u can't back them up! U are an awful person! !! Hope it's right here in Penrose, Colorado! ! I'm praying for all the family's dealing with this!!!

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Troy Yocum
17 months ago
3
3

Thank you for supporting Active Heroes. We know you have gone through a lot but now you are able to help a lot also! www.ActiveHeroes.org

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Tina Montefusco
17 months ago
2
2

So sorry for what you and your children have gone through...your video was so touching and I find myself rewatching it and bawling. My cousin committed suicide back in 2006, he was ex military, army.. The stuff the go through over there is something will never know and I think it breaks them inside. God bless you and your family, so deeply sorry for your loss.

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Christina Poe
17 months ago
2
2

I'm so sorry for your loss I don't know how I would cope with the loss of my husband he is a desert storm veteran he has pstd and is severely depressed he doesn't trust the VA I don't know how to help him he really needs to talk to someone my daughter sent your video to me we need your help desperately what can I do sincerely Christina Poe my husbands name is John

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Marie Carlson
17 months ago
2
2

You are an amazing women. Iam a militart wife myself and i have been the one attempting sucided when i was younger. Have not thought like that for 10 years now for the love of god has saved me. I will bless u as much i can. Ptsd is truly a horrible thing and iam so happy someone is trying to do something about it. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for all you do and thank you for your husbands service tk this country. Iam so sorry for your loss. He would be very proud of you and what you are doing. I belive that with my all my soul

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Larraine McCullin Martinez
17 months ago
2
2

If I can help in any way please contact me via facebook. I wish we could save everyone from PTSD because not just service members have it but ill people and abused people as well. There are many different reasons to have PTSD. I have it after a long continuous struggle with my health among other reasons and I seek help. I fight EVERY day to stay sane. Do I think of suicide? (Sometimes), that is why I get help, keep active as I can, and PRAY..... So if I can help in any area I would love to be involved. We need awareness for PTSD for EVERYONE in every situation..... My son and niece are Army, my other son a Police officer and with all the crazy going on I worry they will get PTSD and it just adds to mine... If you do not understand what it is please GOOGLE it, its all right there to learn and gain knowledge about it because it is real...., but until you have felt the pain of it or you know someone with it, please do not judge. This is a wonderful thing Stephanie is trying to do, it wont save everyone but if it saves just one that is SOMETHING now isn't it.... God Bless........

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Lois Campbell
17 months ago
2
2

I want to support you every way possible in meeting this critical need.

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LaRhonda Padilla
17 months ago
2
2

Hi stephanie I would like to get in touch with you. I have a similar story. It broke my heart watching your video. I know your pain. My husband joined the army at 17 we were married at 18, he had served for 14 yrs, and we had been married for 14 yrs. We had two children (girls) ages 9 and 6 when he chose to take his life. He had served in desert storm he was in a helicopter medivac unit. Going over there changed him dramatically. I would like to get involved and help. I've always wanted to share my story to mabey prevent something like this happening to someone else. There's not alot of awareness brought to this subject and it happens way to often. You can get in touch with me through my facebook page LaRhonda Padilla @facebook.com . God bless hope to hear from you.

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Raised by 1,881 people in 17 months
Created September 8, 2015
Stephanie Mason Lembo  
on behalf of Troy Yocum
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Bruce Beasley
17 months ago

Good Evening Ma'am, I am Bruce Beasley. I have PTSD and I am a veteran. After watching your touching video, I know that we are on a similar mission. I am creating a series of films that talk about, deal with and TEACH the world about PTSD. My first thought was to interview you for our current film which shows many different faces of those who have and are dealing with PTSD. My second thought was that we can help each other on our respective missions. My Associate Producer is a former SEAL from MS. (No kidding) Please let me know what you think...

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Vanessa Renee
17 months ago

Christian Kayla Normandin how can you say something like that? You clearly have no empathy, compassion or concern for anyone. Your words are pure evil and you don't know the hell you're talking about! Stephanie lost her husband and her kids lost their father. Instead of allowing her pain to paralyze her she decided to stand up and raise awareness for military PTSD because she doesn't want anyone else to go through what she had to. How exactly can you call someone a fraud and accuse them of taking peoples money when she turns over all donations to activeheros.org? So not only is your message hateful and offensive, but it lacks truth and logic! Ever heard of something called Karma? Well Karma is really the wrath of God. He doesn't like it when you hurt his children. So watch out Christian Kayla Normandin, cause karma's about to bite you in the ass!

+ Read More
Dan Kelsey
17 months ago

Prayers, money, and a piece of my heart...heading your way.

+ Read More
David Dogman Riggs
17 months ago

I am the Founder of K9 Care Montana, We would like to help and perhaps visit your KY retreat and provide services (at no cost) to build service dog awareness and education. Demonstrate the benefits of SD's and how this alternative approach can help save lives of our nations heroes. www.k9caremontana.org

+ Read More
Allysen Phelan
17 months ago
7
7

Unfortunately i can not donate with money ,but being an ex military wife i know the challenges all to well that we face while our husband's are away, nad upon their return home! My Step -Dad and mom were both active duty..and Anything that i can do to help ,i know will honor their memory. ..Ilive in Savannah,Ga and would like to help in other ways if i can.Please contact me @ 912-660-0769. I am very sorry for your loss!

+ Read More
Darla Dixon
17 months ago
4
4

Please contact me. I would like to volunteer to help you with online marketing if you need any help in that area. You can contact me thru my site DarlaDixon.com or on Facebook. I will share your story on FB right now.

+ Read More
Fran Gross
17 months ago
4
4

Please read, & anyone looking for a new charity to help this one may be for you. Prayers & my donation is going there

+ Read More
Laura Kinlaw Busby
17 months ago
4
4

Very sorry for your loss and your efforts to bring awareness. Very proud of you. One suggestion, make your FB page private except for any post generated towards awareness, leave them as public. Bless you!

+ Read More
Jaime Sierra
17 months ago
4
4

. I'm interested in finding out how to donate my time and myself to this cause. I cannot donate money because we are a military family on one income and cannot afford that however I suffer from PTSD myself and I have had a traumatic brain injuries and suffer from depression. I have attempted suicide in the past I am on the road to recovery but I still suffer daily I understand how this feels on the other side of it my family understands how you guys feel that have suffered from this. So again I ask how can I donate my time on myself to this cause I do live in Colorado but if I can even invest just one week of summer it would be great! thank you in advance!

+ Read More
Troy Wickham
17 months ago
3
3

i cant really donate but i can help get this out and about of this problem as i am a son of a naval man. i know many people with this problem of ptsd and i will help get the word out as much as i can the story brought tears to my eye's is why seeing as why i am a son of a naval man that served in the world war. i felt it is my duty to help get this word out as well and my condolences to the family's of the ptsd and any of them.

+ Read More
Brian Fleming
17 months ago
3
3

I was just lucky when I was in the Army and never in combat. I can't even believe to imagine what my brothers are feeling inside. I do not have PTSD but I did try to kill my self two times. I was at the VA one day in the suicide prevention class and I found my self in a odd situation. I was the only Veteran in that class that was not in combat. The leader of the class and other Vets wanted to know what I was thinking about as I just sat in my chair quietly. I told them I have nothing to say The response from several Veterans why? I told them I was never in combat and that I feel deeply sad about what they went through and that I had NO right to make any comments on the matter a I was never combat. About all the same time the most of the class was confused and said something like you served you have the every right to speak here I told them. I did not see it that way. And this confused even more of the class. But the fact is, I was right thanks be to God I was never in combat as I can not even imagine the demons that my brothers were seeing. And I still think that way today. Yes I Enlisted and it was the right thing to do and given the chance I would Enlist again. My problem was a rappelling accident while in AIT. I fell down the tower about 60FT Got hurt had a botched surgery And was discharged. So afte a few years on profile I got a P3 and I was back on the block. I got robbed . My career in the Army was over just as it began. I have letters from the XO, Company Commander my PLT SGT all saying the same thing. If that surgery was not botched, they all had no doubt I would of been highly successful at completing the Army mission. I was so good at my MOS my CO I planed a mission for him that was used in the Bosnia as I knew my Job better than the NCO and Officers in my unit. To add insult to injury about a week after I was discharged. I was awarded a AAM. I'm sorry I got off target. The fact is It was just luck that I was never in combat. And one of the ways that I show my respect to these Veterans, especially the Vietnam Soliders and you can tell most of them wear either a OEF/OIF/Desert Storm or the Vietnam campaign ribbon on the hat. I always let them go first in font of me in the med line. As I told one Veteran from OEF/OIF you earned it go in front of me and the reply was . you earned it also. Then I have to say you deserve this more than I do. Those Soldiers and the ones currently sever they are MY HERO and I tell them that every time when I get the chance...

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Mike Weiland
17 months ago
3
3

Very emotional to see your pain. There are no words to speak to help the pain you are going threw. I could even imagine what you are going threw. You are a very sweet person in wanting to help others out there from going threw what you went and are still going threw. Your children will be without a father and as they get older they will know there father was a good man who served our Country. Life throws us many curve balls and some are very hard to dodge and change our life's in so many was that noybeveryone understands. Please stay stronge and your drive to help other is stronger than anything I have seen. I can't beleave that our Country leaders can't provide help to the most important people in our Country who stand up and fight for what so many people take for granted everyday. I wish everyone had the courage and strength to fight for what is right and should be. Much love to you and your kids. God Bless your big heart and never give up my dear.

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Lori Pike
17 months ago
3
3

Stephani Normsndin, What an awful thing to say! ! Where is ur proof? ? How dare you! ! Shame on you! ! Don't say things if u can't back them up! U are an awful person! !! Hope it's right here in Penrose, Colorado! ! I'm praying for all the family's dealing with this!!!

+ Read More
Troy Yocum
17 months ago
3
3

Thank you for supporting Active Heroes. We know you have gone through a lot but now you are able to help a lot also! www.ActiveHeroes.org

+ Read More
Tina Montefusco
17 months ago
2
2

So sorry for what you and your children have gone through...your video was so touching and I find myself rewatching it and bawling. My cousin committed suicide back in 2006, he was ex military, army.. The stuff the go through over there is something will never know and I think it breaks them inside. God bless you and your family, so deeply sorry for your loss.

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Christina Poe
17 months ago
2
2

I'm so sorry for your loss I don't know how I would cope with the loss of my husband he is a desert storm veteran he has pstd and is severely depressed he doesn't trust the VA I don't know how to help him he really needs to talk to someone my daughter sent your video to me we need your help desperately what can I do sincerely Christina Poe my husbands name is John

+ Read More
Marie Carlson
17 months ago
2
2

You are an amazing women. Iam a militart wife myself and i have been the one attempting sucided when i was younger. Have not thought like that for 10 years now for the love of god has saved me. I will bless u as much i can. Ptsd is truly a horrible thing and iam so happy someone is trying to do something about it. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for all you do and thank you for your husbands service tk this country. Iam so sorry for your loss. He would be very proud of you and what you are doing. I belive that with my all my soul

+ Read More
Larraine McCullin Martinez
17 months ago
2
2

If I can help in any way please contact me via facebook. I wish we could save everyone from PTSD because not just service members have it but ill people and abused people as well. There are many different reasons to have PTSD. I have it after a long continuous struggle with my health among other reasons and I seek help. I fight EVERY day to stay sane. Do I think of suicide? (Sometimes), that is why I get help, keep active as I can, and PRAY..... So if I can help in any area I would love to be involved. We need awareness for PTSD for EVERYONE in every situation..... My son and niece are Army, my other son a Police officer and with all the crazy going on I worry they will get PTSD and it just adds to mine... If you do not understand what it is please GOOGLE it, its all right there to learn and gain knowledge about it because it is real...., but until you have felt the pain of it or you know someone with it, please do not judge. This is a wonderful thing Stephanie is trying to do, it wont save everyone but if it saves just one that is SOMETHING now isn't it.... God Bless........

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Lois Campbell
17 months ago
2
2

I want to support you every way possible in meeting this critical need.

+ Read More
LaRhonda Padilla
17 months ago
2
2

Hi stephanie I would like to get in touch with you. I have a similar story. It broke my heart watching your video. I know your pain. My husband joined the army at 17 we were married at 18, he had served for 14 yrs, and we had been married for 14 yrs. We had two children (girls) ages 9 and 6 when he chose to take his life. He had served in desert storm he was in a helicopter medivac unit. Going over there changed him dramatically. I would like to get involved and help. I've always wanted to share my story to mabey prevent something like this happening to someone else. There's not alot of awareness brought to this subject and it happens way to often. You can get in touch with me through my facebook page LaRhonda Padilla @facebook.com . God bless hope to hear from you.

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