Everyday 22+ veterans and 1 active duty service member takes their own lives. A recent study found U.S. veteran suicide rates to be as high as 8,000 a year. According to RAND, at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression. A recent sample of 600 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan found: 14% post-traumatic stress disorder; 39% alcohol abuse; 3% drug abuse. A review of 29 studies that evaluated rates of PTSD in those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan found prevalence rates of adult men and women previously deployed ranging from 5% to 20% for those who do not seek treatment, and around 50% for those who do seek treatment.


The Military Muscle Foundation’s mission is to combat and promote awareness for both veteran and military suicide, alongside PTSD. Our focus is to use fitness events as our platform to provide “rehabilitation of mind, body and soul through fitness”. Also, we provide benevolent assistance to veterans and active duty service members families who need our assistance who are dealing with adversity. Our community outreach program is here to provide members and their families access to the right resources and create a positive peer group for support. We are dedicated to support our veteran community, so that each can heal and live healthy, productive lives to their fullest potential.


We are dedicated to improving and saving the lives of our veterans and active duty service members. Through fitness and education, we will strive to prevent suicide, and promote both mental and physical health within our military community. We want to create an environment for individuals and their families to have the building blocks to thrive, have support, and to help lead them transition to a positive lifestyle. Our goal is to gift free gym memberships to those vets, anywhere in the USA, so that they may begin their healing, both mentally and physically.  With your help, we can make a real difference and save lives. We will get that number down to zero!


We organize, sponsor, and take part in a variety of events to help people learn about and get involved with the Military Muscle Foundation. From talks to charity drives to community service, this is where you can find out what’s going on and how YOU can help!

My Military Muscle Foundation Experience

I’m writing this because I want to share my experience with Military Muscle Foundation. First off, I would like to thank the Military Muscle Foundation for the love and support they’ve shown my family and I this spring/summer. My siblings and I lost an amazing, honorable and loving brother who proudly served in the United States Air Force. Joshua A. Smith passed on April 7th after struggling with PTSD for years.

My mom passed the year before and our sister and nephew had just gotten into a horrible accident in February that kept her two hours away in an intensive care unit for months. We were really stressed and very low on cash to say the least. We are a family that doesn’t have a whole lot extra, we live modest lives and don’t have “involved family” aside from my siblings and I.

When a military friend of my brothers reached out and told me about Military Muscle Foundation. I was relieved to know there was someone who cared and wanted to help. Going through a loss of this magnitude is already devastating and one of the hardest things someone can endure. You don’t really think of the financial aspect until you’re in this situation yourself. On top of trying to grieve our brother, we were extremely worried about paying for his cremation and the costs to bring him and his belongings home in such short notice.

When Lane Woods, with Military Muscle Foundation, first reached out to me he assured me he would be there anytime I wanted to call and would do all he could to help and I could tell he was sincere. We are from New York and Josh lived in Florida so aside from all of the initial arrangements we had a very long and costly trip to plan to get his belongings. Lane and the foundation were there every day on the phone with me to ask how he could help and what we needed. Military Muscle Foundation cared enough to rent a car for our 4 day trip and made reservations with a hotel to get some rest before the very long drive back home. Aside from the financial help, he checked in with me during the entire trip to make sure we were ok and had everything we needed. It may not seem like a whole lot to some, but to us it meant everything and relieved our worry and stress that much more.

Military Muscle Foundation is somewhat new and still getting off the ground so for them to help as much as they did, meant more than I can put into words! I will always be grateful for the financial support but also the emotional support provided from the very caring and understanding man I worked with from Military Muscle Foundation. For that my siblings and I thank you and will always appreciate the help you have provided us with during such a difficult time in our lives.

Darcie Smith

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I have discovered there is no set timeline for the healing process to take place after returning from war.  Some wounds heal faster than others while some can last a lifetime, as was the case for my late father who died never receiving the proper care for PTSD after serving three tours in Vietnam.  Witnessing and living in a family environment where PTSD ruled the home, I know that is not the life I want to raise my family in.  However, despite the numerous counseling sessions and abundant medications prescribed, it seemed that I was doomed to follow in my father’s footsteps to endure the physical and mental scars of war.  It is a monster that eats you from the inside out which ultimately destroys the individual and everyone around them.

My wife has played a significant role in helping me transition back to the civilian world, however, I knew that until I was ready to move forward, there was nothing she can do to pull me out of my dark space.  I had isolated myself from almost everyone and gained a near life threatening amount of weight which sent me on a downward spiral of depression.  Holding on to the last shreds of hope, I reached out to a battle buddy of mine whom I seen on Facebook and was amazed at his transformation.  I had to find out how he was able to miraculously turn his life around and build such a positive outlook for his future.  After a lengthy conversation, I was in awe to discover his secret to the path of recovery…living a healthy lifestyle.  Good health.  Yes, that was all.  Listening to his stories of overcoming physical and mental obstacles truly resonated with the same issues I was currently dealing with.  He introduced me to a major influencer in his road to recovery, Military Muscle Foundation.

My life has had a tremendous turn around since teaming up with such an inspirational force that is the Military Muscle Foundation.  The support and continuous encouragement I have received from these two wonderful foundations has been invaluable to my road to recovery.  There are no substitutes for living a healthy lifestyle.  I have discovered there are no miracle pills or quick fixes to live a full and productive life.  One must put in the work to achieve a long-term success story.  It still amazes me the great deal of accomplishment I feel each time I post my check-in at the gym.  Just a few months ago, I could not even imagine having the energy to walk my dogs outside and now I am looking forward to meeting up with friends at the gym.  Setting foot in the gym created a snowball effect that lead me to a five day mountain bike Camp in Utah in August and a 10K marathon in October.  It is an exhilarating feeling to be outdoors again, be active, and meeting new people.  None of this would have been possible had it not been for the support of the Military Muscle Foundation President, Lane Woods and the organization.  And to think, it all started with a simple visit to the gym.  The power of purpose is real.  Now I’m witnessing my sugar levels lower along with my high blood pressure.  It has been an all-around success.  The results have been amazing.  I am sincerely grateful to you, sir, for having my six and demonstrating our military’s motto of not leaving no man behind.

SGT Gilberto A. Rojas (ret.)
Iraq Combat Veteran, Infantry United States Army

What Military Muscle Foundation Means To Me

Military Muscle Foundation has helped me by helping me in my lowest point. Military Muscle has helped to show me everyone struggles with all different kinds of circumstances and that it takes hard work and positivity and support to overcome it.  People who I’ve never met open up and help me with my struggles and tell me I can call them whenever I need to.  There’s no judgement in this family just acceptance.  It took some time to open up about my ptsd in the beginning I was really struggling but being a part of this family helped me open up more.  I look up to a fair share of people in this family and they inspire me.  People in this family have told me that I infact inspire them because of everything I’ve been through and the fact that I don’t give up.  I’m writing a book about my life so that it can help other people who suffer from trauma.  Being a part of this family has helped me talk to other people who are depressed, or need help,  and it’s helped me be more open about mental illness.  Helping people is something I’m passionate about and I just want to be that person who makes sure no one in this world ever feels alone.  I want to remind people how strong they are and that there is a bright future waiting for them.  I also want to remind people that the hard times are not permanent.  Being a part of such a great family has helped me in so many ways and I proudly talk to people about what we do to help not only veterans but everyone.   Everyone is important and everyone adds something great to this family.  If I never found Military Muscle Foundation I honestly don’t know where I would be.

Elizabeth Ann


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