Summit for Soldiers
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Address
205 West Henderson Road
Columbus, OH 43214
Phone
614/314-5829 
Email
Mr. Cameron Michael Fairman  
Website
www.summitforsoldiers.org  
Social Media
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CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Cameron Michael Fairman
Co-founder/CEO
Board Chair
Mr. Andy Politz
Utility Technologies International
Mr. Bill Amspaugh
Retired, Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University
Established
2014  


To serve veterans and their families through an adventure and mountaineering program, bring awareness to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and educate new recruits on proactive ways to eliminate the stigma and promote early detection and treatment of PTSD.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement

2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • We gained national attention through our 7-Summit Endeavor, where we climbed the highest mountains on each continent to carry our silently fallen flag that bears the names of veterans we have lost to suicide.

  • We created legislation that uses existing resources to track service member exposure to PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) related incidents. This bi-partisan legislation, MEMORy ACT, was introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives.

  • We reached over 2,000 followers across the country through our social media efforts.

  • We received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, allowing us to move beyond our awareness campaign and take the therapeutic benefits of outdoor adventures, camaraderie, and community support to veterans and their families.

2015 GOALS

  • We will continue to encourage and empower our veterans and their families through opportunities to share and mentor other veterans who come from similar backgrounds and experiences.

  • We will grow our operations to maintain Veterans Mountaineering Club activities, weekly outreach programs, and educating future recruits.

  • We will improve and grow our fundraising efforts to maintain the sustainability of Summit for Soldiers outreach and operations.

  • We will develop and implement our New Leader Training Program to educate and equip our future recruits and leaders to eliminate stigma and promote early detection and treatment of PTSD and TBI.

Background Statement

Summit for Soldiers (SfS) launched in 2009 as a personal calling of its founding members to bring awareness to PTSD and the epidemic of over 8,000 veteran suicides per year. As combat veterans and mountaineers, the founders realized that there were therapeutic benefits to outdoor adventures along with the support, guidance, and camaraderie of fellow veterans. As a self-funded effort, SfS began an awareness campaign, working with and bringing together veterans, resources, and the community. Prior to incorporating, the organization's efforts drew over 2,000 followers across the country, brought national attention to veteran suicide, developed grass roots veteran-created legislation, and provided direction and purpose to the veteran community.

As SfS grows, the mission does not deviate from three key objectives:

  1. Awareness (the facts, issues, and resources surrounding PTSD and suicide);
  2. Simplicity (exposing or creating simplified solutions for veterans and ther families); and
  3. Encouragement (leading by example and empowering others).

SfS provides direct services to veterans through the Veterans Mountaineering Club that combines physical activity, challenge, camaraderie, and mentorship; encourages vet-to-vet sharing of experiences and referrals to resources that may be beneficial to our members; and offers education, including information and tools needed to begin changing the mindset, eliminating the stigma, and promoting early detection and treatment of service-related mental health issues.

Helping the past, informing the present, and preparing the future is how we intend to save lives.

Statement from Mr. Cameron Michael Fairman, Co-founder/CEO

When we founded SfS, we did so as long-serving veterans struggling from service-related mental health issues that found refuge in climbing and mountaineering and who were tired of standing by while continuing to lose veterans to suicide and PTSD. Self-funded, we maximized our efforts through an awareness campaign that would revolve around climbing the U.S. highpoints. Our organization has naturally evolved, never deviating from the three keys to our mission: awareness, simplicity, and encouragement. Prior to incorporating, we had organized programs across the country that brought together veterans, resources, and the community. We have encouraged and empowered other veterans and families, and now our mission is clearer than ever.

I have lost friends to suicide, I have survived an attempted suicide, and now my son is our third generation serving his country. My personal mission is not just for the past and present, but for the future of all veterans and their families.

Leadership

Management

Mr. Cameron Michael Fairman, 
Term Start 10/2014 
Compensated No 
Biographical Statement

Cameron Fairman, former hospital corpsman second class in the Fleet Marine Force, served 19 years as a Navy Corpsman both active duty and in the reserves. Peacetime duties included assignments in cardiac and intensive care units, paramedic, cardiovascular technician, and six years on the Medical Evaluation and Treatment Unit to the President of the United States. Wartime duties included deployments to Republic of Georgia and Afghanistan as a Fleet Marine Force Line Corpsman. Cameron was one of the original authors of the MEMORy ACT introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in 2014.

Cameron is an avid mountaineer, cyclist, marathoner, kayaker, adventurer, and world traveler. He has organized and participated in self-funded humanitarian projects to India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Guinea. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, American Alpine Club, and National Alliance on Mental Illness.

 
Mr. Dietrich Stallsworth, 
Biographical Statement

Dietrich Stallsworth is a retired, service-disabled veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is an avid climber, fisherman, and outdoorsman and is a founding member of the expanded direction for Summit for Soldiers. He is married with two children.

 
Additional Organization Information
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Infrastructure

Policies
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information
Collaborations

SfS works side-by-side with other grass roots veterans organizations to promote the sharing of resources and information.

Governance

Local Governing Board
Board Co-Chair Mr. Andy Politz,
Board Chair Term 1/2015 -  1/2017  
Board Co-Chair Mr. Bill Amspaugh,
Board Chair Term 1/2015 -  1/2017  
Board Members
Mr. Cameron Michael Fairman,  
Major Steve Redenbaugh,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 93% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 75%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 75%
Demographics
Gender Female 0%
  Male 100%
     
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 75%
  Hispanic/Latino 25%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.

Programs

Education

Our mission to future recruits and military leaders comes from a very simple approach. Building on their enthusiasm, we share real life stories, provide training and education, and equip them with the knowledge and tools to begin changing their mindset. These new and future leaders have a great opportunity to become the center of gravity that can one day eliminate the stigma and promote early detection and treatment of service-related issues like PTSD and TBI. We have built this part of our mission around already existing resources, facts, and policies within the Department of Defense. Our educational services include weekly forums, arranged speaking engagements, and one-on-one interactions.

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Veterans Mountaineering Club (VMC)

We utilize mountaineering, hiking, and other outdoor adventure activities to engage with veterans and their family members living with mental health related issues or loss. We call this approach adven-therapy, which is designed to be an adjunct to mental health treatment and recovery though activity-based programs. This is an opportunity for our veterans and families to reconnect through challenging tasks, camaraderie, mentorship, and most importantly, vet-to-vet support and referrals to other programs and resources beneficial to their recovery. This is more than just a service to our veterans, it is designed to encourage and empower them to serve other veterans. We hold weekly causal gatherings at the local climbing walls, bi-monthly club meetings, monthly weekend outings, and bi-annual major outings and expeditions across the country.

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7-Summit Endeavor

Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

The Silently Fallen Flag is our tribute to our brothers and sisters we have known and lost to silent wounds. Their names and memories speak out and give voice to the veterans we lose each year to suicide, an epidemic that has plagued this country. Our Silently Fallen Flag helps to provided healing, acceptance, and purpose to the families and friends of these fallen veterans and keeps us clearly focused on this urgent mission to reach and save lives. We unfurled this flag last year when we took our Awareness Campaign onto the world stage through the 7-Summit Endeavor, where we have successfully carried it to the summits of Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and an attempt of Mt. Everest. This flag accompanies us to every single event, activity, and climb, and our veterans of the recent VMC outing raised it on six state highpoints, along with sharing its story and purpose.

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50-State Highpoint Awareness Campaign

Our original mission started out--and continues to be--taking our message to the highest elevation point in each of the 50 states. This is more than just bringing awareness to PTSD and veteran suicides, but to research, expose, and share available local resources; bring together veterans, communities, and Veteran Service Offices; and hike, climb, or walk to the state highpoint to continue our purpose of awareness, simplicity, and encouragement. One of the exciting recent developments is that our VMC adventures and outings have rallied around and embraced this 50 state endeavor, offering our regular participants ownership and active roles in SfS operations. Our goal is to grow this program into an extensive awareness campaign where we travel through as many towns and cities as possible in each state to share our message and to encourage and empower our communities and veterans, and recruit others to launch new SfS chapters in their areas.

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Financials

Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $25,000
Projected Expense $20,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

Revenues by Source

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Direct Support $2,793 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals $1,213 
Direct Support Unspecified $1,580 
Government
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $367 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events
In-kind
Other
TOTAL REVENUE $3,160 

Expense by Type

  2014   2013   2012  
Programs $460 
Administration $1,491 
Fundraising
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,951 

Assets and Liabilities

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Assets $1,710 
Current Assets $1,210 
Total Liabilities
Current Liabilities
NET ASSETS $1,710 

Comments

TCF Staff:

Summit for Soldiers received its 501(c)(3) status and began operations in 2014; thus, there are no financial statements prior to 2014.

Comments:
Documents

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