You can help us hug more veterans!
Individually, we are three people with three different lives. But we are also three faces of PTSD. Together, we are the Human Hug Project .
Ian Michael is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gino Greganti is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Erin Greganti is a Marine Corps wife who experienced war and its aftermath at home. Together we know the anxiety and isolation faced by combat veterans who have returned home from war – because we face it in our own lives.
The Human Hug Project is using our own experience with isolation, anxiety and depression to help other veterans cope with theirs – all through the healing power of a simple hug. Our objective is a simple but expensive one: to travel across the country giving out hugs at VA hospitals. But WE NEED YOUR HELP to do this.
Human Hug Project has visited more than 37 VA facilities, paid for out of our pockets and with generous gifts like yours. To continue spreading awareness of PTSD to the remaining 118 VA hospitals we will need YOUR help. Your generous gift will support Human Hug Project take their hugs to every VA hospital. Donations go directly to travel, lodging, and food.
What can you do?
Donate, Share, and Tag your hug photos using #hugavet or #hugswin
Thank you for your continuing love and support, and be sure to FOLLOW US,
Ian, Gino & Erin
We are gearing up for our Atlanta #hugavet visit where we will be hugging some of our nation's heroes. We are so thankful for our sponsors and donors for making all of this happen. Human Hug Project's mission to "raise awareness to PTSD and give love back to humanity, one hug at a time" cannot be done without support from people like you.
We have hugged veterans at 39 Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals and need you love and support to continue hugging veterans at the remaining 114! Please consider making a donation of any amount to help us here at Human Hug Project reach out goals.
Your gift will go directly to supporting our 501c3 non-profit organization deploy to the remaining VA Hospitals. All excess funds will buy "house warming" gifts for veterans newly placed in housing.
Please share, like, and help us spread love, one hug at a time.
The mission is straightforward, "To bring awareness to PTSD and give love back to humanity, one hug at a time." The goal is ambitious, "To hug veterans at every US Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals in this country." The call to duty is great and we can complete our mission with your donations and support.
In the last year we have hugged veterans, their families, and staff at 38 Veteran's Hospitals and with your help we can continue to #hugavet at the remaining 115 Veteran's Hospitals. Your generous gift of $1, $5, or $10 guarantees that we will carry out our mission, which is so crucial to combating our symptoms of PTSD. With your help we can achieve our goal. Thank you and please share with your friends and families.
"Freedom isn't free, but our HUGS are!"
- Ian Michael
(USMC Veteran and Founder of Human Hug Project)
"If you see someone who needs a hug, give them one of yours!" - Ian Michael
Beautiful story! Very inspirational and I as a Veteran and currently working in the VA for healthcare, Iwould love to bring this story to our weekly radio show: INSPIRED LIVING with Marc & Kim on OM Times Radio (www.radio.omtimes.com) so we can help bring awareness and $ support for your cause with our listening audience around the world. If you are interested, please contact me on FB or visit: Inspired Living Radio public group on FB. We would love to tell your story and journey! "You are the Inspired and the Inspiration!" Namaste...
Hey guys! I think what you are doing is fabulous! I am on a fixed income and can't make a donation right now, but I just wanted to make a suggestion...I too have PTSD, but have never been a soldier...mine stems from childhood trauma....so, I guess what I am trying to say is the whole world needs hugs, not just soldiers, and I know you doing it yourself is therapeutic for you as well as the people you are hugging...but have you ever thought of selling t-shirts with your logo on them and expanding to include other people doing the hugging too? I worked as a therapist years ago, before my PTSD reared it's ugly head and read once that for optimum mental health a person needs 5 hugs a day....So, keep on hugging...everyone....
I want to say thank you everyone who has contributed! We have been working on this project for the past 4 months. The magic that has been experience with every hug is life changing. We each work day jobs and do this on our days off. Our goal is to be able to take the Human Hug Project further than we can drive in a couple hours. We would love to do this full-time. We calculated that with our expenses it breaks down to about $1.32 a hug. With every dollar you donate we will be able to put that toward gas, lodging, and food so we can go further and longer. We thank you in advance for all the support. If you can't donate now please share this with your friends and family.