STACK UP’S “STACK UP FOR THE SEASON”
CAMPAIGN RAISES FUNDS FOR VIDEO GAME-BASED
PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS
FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL
SYLMAR, CA (DECEMBER 6, 2018) – Stack Up — a non-profit organization that provides support to veterans and military personnel through video gaming — is pleased to announce the recent launch of its first end of year campaign, Stack Up for the Season. The campaign provides the opportunity to give a gift of hope to retired and active duty service men and women during the holiday season.
Stack Up for the Season aims to raise $50,000 to help Stack Up continue its mission to fight the effects of depression, combat injuries, and post-traumatic stress by bringing veterans and civilians together through the shared language of video gaming.
“In my experience as a former Army Infantry/Military Intelligence officer and Airborne Ranger, video gaming helped keep me sane,” said Stack Up founder and CEO, Stephen Machuga. “And when I returned from a 13-month deployment to Iraq, it was gaming that helped me to successfully reintegrate back into civilian life. I want the same for all my brothers and sisters in arms, so I founded Stack Up on Veterans Day, 2015. Since then, thanks to our supporters, we have helped bring the mental health benefits of gaming to almost 24,000 veterans and members of our military community worldwide.”
Stack Up programs provide a continuum of valuable support and gaming benefits to US, UK, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand veterans and active duty military personnel wherever they are in their journey — overseas, at home, during deployment, in recovery, and upon return to civilian life. The positive impact of video gaming is substantiated by research that shows gaming’s ability to alleviate anxiety and depression, and provide a sense of connection. This combination assists with trauma recovery, mental health maintenance, healthy transitioning, and revitalization — all critical at this time when we are losing an average of 20 veterans each day to suicide.
Video game care packages for deployed troops across the nation and around the world
Volunteer teams building supportive, game-loving communities for veterans
V.I.P. adventures for disabled or deserving veterans at home
An initiative to bring awareness to suicide prevention and promote positive mental health
The Stack Up for the Season campaign will run through December 31. Those interested in supporting Stack Up and the veterans it serves can find the campaign by visiting crowdrise.com/stackupfortheseason. Gaming industry representatives who wish to give an in-kind gift of video games or game-related gear or product, can contact Brian “Skatch” Snyder, Stack Up’s Director of Media, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Stack Up programs and services, as well as opportunities to get involved, visit stackup.org.