SEPTEMBER AMBASSADOR LEADER OF THE MONTH

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DAVID WOOD
REGION 11

NOMINATED BY:
CINDY STINSON
AMBASSADOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR

David Wood started as an ambassador for Mission 22 over 5 years ago. He applied to become a State Leader in May of 2017. Not long after that, he became Region 11 Leader. 

David has risen through the ranks because of his dedication, organization, and constant awareness that he promotes with his Jeep, attending events across the country, and posting on social media every day. He keeps a very active presence on Instagram at @mi22ionjku.

David is also the Ambassador Leader Trainer. He works very hard for Mission 22 every single day, on a completely volunteer basis. Mission 22 admires his dedication and selflessness and we are grateful for his help.


SEPTEMBER AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH

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TOM SIMPSON
NEW JERSEY

NOMINATED BY:
MEGAN KLINGENSMITH
REGION 3 LEADER

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Like many Ambassadors, Tom has a very personal connection to Mission 22. Having been in the service himself, he passed the torch to his son Tommy, who became a Marine. At the age of 36, Tommy took his own life.

Tom is a perfect example of turning heartache into hope. He does not hesitate to cover events and share his son’s story - whatever it takes to assist his Region Leader and the Mission 22 team. Tom has been participating in the 22 Pushup Challenge for more than 1,160 days to raise awareness for the epidemic of veteran suicide.

Just last weekend, a veteran was undergoing a major surgery - alone. Tom contacted the hospital, made the trip there, and stayed by this veteran’s side to keep him company.

Each year, his son’s friends host the Tommy Simpson Classic, a golf outing in remembrance of Tommy that also serves as a fundraiser for Mission 22. Each year, Tom is able to spend the day remembering his son while also spending time with Tommy’s friends. 

Beyond his volunteer service with Mission 22, Tom and his family also participate in the Out of Darkness Walk for AFSP.