LAKE WALES, Fla. (FOX 13) - A group of retired military veterans is starting a movement to help vets adapt to civilian life once their military career is over.
Retired military veterans out for a leisurely ride in Brooksville are part of Wretched Few, an organization founded by veterans to help struggling veterans adjust to civilian life.
"I've seen the hardship myself coming out of the military," said Matthew Bases, President of Wretched Few. "I just felt lost and alone, 'cause I didn't have that brotherhood. I didn't have that sense of belonging and a sense of purpose that you get in the military."
The group started last year to address the problem of veteran suicides.
"Twenty-two veterans a day take their own lives to suicides," said U.S. Army Veteran Erik Jones.
Jones served seven years in the Army and wants to do all he can to help his band of brothers.
"Help them find a civilian job, anything that they would need that we have experience in, we want to make that transition as smooth as possible," he said.
Through camaraderie and communication, they hope to save the lives of vets who are on the verge of losing it all.
"Sometimes offering brotherhood and someone to talk to and someplace to belong can go a long way." Bases said.
"The veterans who served their country bravely, that's who we want to help," Jones added.
The group aims to alleviate stress on those who serve their country courageously and with honor.
"We don't want to leave no brother behind, or sister for that matter," Bases said.
They meet twice a month and anyone can join the group. For more information, visit their website.