At Freedom Payments, giving back to the veteran community isn’t just a noble cause—it’s personal. As veterans ourselves, we understand the silent struggles and challenges that many of our fellow service members face, particularly when it comes to mental health issues such as depression and suicide. That’s why we’re proud to support organizations like Idaho Back Country Veterans (IBV), whose mission to combat veteran suicide resonates deeply with us.
The statistics are sobering: an average of 22 veterans a day tragically take their own lives. But behind these numbers lie the untold stories of individuals who grapple with a loss of purpose, a sense of isolation, and the difficulty of transitioning from military to civilian life. As former members of the Idaho Army National Guard, both Jeff and Ryan have experienced firsthand the profound impact that military service can have on a person’s identity and sense of belonging.
One of the key factors contributing to veteran suicide is the loss of purpose that many veterans experience upon leaving the military. In the armed forces, individuals find a sense of mission and camaraderie that can be difficult to replicate in civilian life. The structured routines and clear objectives provided by military service give meaning and direction to their lives. However, when that structure is suddenly removed, many veterans struggle to find their footing in the civilian world.
Moreover, the bonds formed during military service are unlike any other. The Brotherhood and Sisterhood forged in the crucible of shared hardship create a sense of belonging that transcends mere friendship. Yet, once veterans leave the military, maintaining these connections can prove challenging. The transition from a close-knit unit to civilian life can leave veterans feeling isolated and disconnected, exacerbating feelings of depression and loneliness.
Additionally, the significance of the roles held by service members can impact their transition to civilian life. Whether serving in combat roles or specialized units, veterans often find themselves in high-stakes environments where their skills and contributions are highly valued. However, upon returning to civilian life, they may struggle to find similar recognition and purpose.
For Jeff and Ryan, the transition from military to civilian life was a challenging journey marked by uncertainty and self-discovery. Yet, through their experiences, they’ve found a new sense of purpose in building Freedom Payments. By applying the principles of discipline, leadership, and resilience learned in the military, they’ve created a thriving business that not only serves its clients but also gives back to the community.
That’s why we’re proud to support Idaho Back Country Veterans. By providing veterans with opportunities for outdoor activities and camaraderie, IBV offers them a chance to rediscover their sense of purpose and belonging. Whether it’s hiking in the wilderness or bonding around a campfire, these experiences can be transformative, helping veterans heal and find hope for the future.
At Freedom Payments, we believe that supporting our veterans isn’t just a responsibility—it’s a privilege. By partnering with organizations like Idaho Back Country Veterans, we’re honored to play a role in the journey toward healing and renewal for our nation’s heroes. Join us in making a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.