National Museum of the Marine Corps: Supporting Combat Veterans for the Battle of Fallujah Reunion

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By Amy Taylor

*USMC museum, fallujah reiunionJake Edwards, president of Threat Response, LLC is a Marine veteran who fought in the Second Battle of Fallujah (seen in the picture on the left). This 2004 battle, also known as Operation Phantom Fury, is known as the bloodiest battle in the Iraq war. On Nov. 8, he’s bringing veterans from across the country together to honor those they lost, reconnect with all those that shared this experience, and heal together.

Reconnecting to Create a Community of Veterans

“November 2004 was the deadliest month in the entire Iraq War. I fought in the 3rd Battalion, 1st marine regiment. Since then, my unit has lost more of our guys to suicide than we lost in the battle. What I’ve done now is invited any Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine veteran [of the Battle of Fallujah]to come to the reunion on November 8,” Edwards said.

Edwards wants to create a sense of community that goes beyond military branch and brings all the veterans of this deadly battle together to support one another. His hope is that with support and reconnection, they can help combat veteran suicides.

“Instead of doing a one-unit reunion, all of us who shared this time in the world, let’s all connect because no one can take away the memories from that month in our lives. Those memories shape some part of our life for every moment after that,” Edwards said.

Food for the event will be provided by a non-profit that helps veterans, Semper Fi Fund. Edwards is raising money for the event largely through a charity golf tournament. They are still in need of drink donations for the event.

For more information on the reunion, check out their Facebook page here.

The Final Phase: The Battle of Fallujah II Exhibit

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The National Museum of the Marine Corps is currently building an exhibit, The Battle of Fallujah. Construction will not be complete by the time of the reunion, but veterans will hopefully get to view the work in progress, pending current state of the project.
“The museum is building an exhibit, it’s a two-city-block version of what Fallujah looked like in 2004. Funds got pushed with the government shutdown, so now it’s not happening until 2021. The goal during the reunion is to get a sneak peek and show artifacts that will be in the exhibit” Edwards said.

Charity Golf Tournament Will Fund the Reunion

There will be a charity golf tournament that will provide travel, accommodations and support for the Operation Phantom Fury veterans who need financial assistance to attend the reunion.

The golf tournament will take place at Stonewall Golf Club on Friday August 9, 2019. They still have slots available for individual players, foursomes and sponsorship opportunities.

Golfers will enjoy breakfast sponsored by Chick-fil-A, lunch from Mission BBQ and dinner in the clubhouse where prizes and awards will be given out.

Edwards has set a high bar for their fundraising efforts to help make the biggest impact on his fellow veterans. His fundraising goal for the event is $50,000.

For more information on the golf tournament, visit their webpage here.

 

Amy Taylor ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and editor. She earned her BLS in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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