Kenny Joseph DeAndrea is a former United States Marine and a survivor of a self inflicted gun shot wound. Living a life centered in violence contributed to Kenny being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Through counseling and education, he has learned how to manage the symptoms of this potentially life ending mental injury.
As a motivational speaker he travels across the country addressing people from all backgrounds on how to restore peace and happiness and live a more prosperous life.
In recent years Kenny has been recognized for his work with various Street gangs in an effort to reduce gang violence and murders.
Last year he was awarded the " Peacemaker " award for his work with the Brothers Keepers Organization on their anti drug campaign.
In January 2019 for his work with at risk youth, Kenny was the presented with the " Saint Nicholas of Myra" award by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
The painful memories of the past may never go away, but the symptoms can be managed, so there is HOPE for a better life and HOPE IS ENOUGH.
We have the honor of having Kenny Joseph DeAndrea, the founder of Patriot Project, as our guest speaker. Kenny served in the Marines and after a failed attempt at committing suicide, he formed Patriot Project to address the fact that over 22 veterans commit suicide every single day. He will address why it important for those who have served to take this issue seriously and what we can do to make a difference on this national issue.
NCOA is examining the possibility of forming a coalition with Patriot Project on a national level and this contact with the NCOA is the beginning. Please plan to attend. Please RSVP to [email protected]
Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example
Terry M. Haines
This letter was written not long ago.........
Hines Veterans Administration Hospital
Mental Health Services
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL 60141
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the VA for the great care I have received at the most difficult time in my life. Two and a half years ago I couldn’t seem to find many reasons to continue to live, so I decided to stop the pain the fear and the agony of every waking moment. I was not successful in my attempt to end my life and that day, as a result I found myself in the care of the VA. I began counseling at the Joliet VA- CBOC with Jessica Dergance and started learning ways to help me live. She has given me the tools I never had, the tools that have been instrumental in rebuilding my life. The counseling still continues every week and my mental state of well being continues to improve with each visit.
As I reflect on the past couple of years with Jessie, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, all the time learning I think, Thank God the VA was there to help me . Thank God for Jessie, through her, I have learned a better way to live, and more than that, through her I have learned how not to die.
Thank You, Kenny Joseph , USMC Veteran