22 Until Valhalla-Summer Salute
The President and Founder of 22 Until Valhalla is a Marine Corps Infantry veteran whom served in 2nd Battalion 1st Marine Division from 2007 to 2011 deploying to Al Anbar Province in Iraq 2009 and Helmand Province, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. Receiving his Honorable Discharge in October of 2011.
In January of 2013 Zach “Guff” McGuffey decided to take his own life after drinking heavily and battling with his symptoms and suicidal thoughts from his PTSD and TBI. Fortunately, his purposeful attempt to roll his truck and end his life was unsuccessful. But, 11 months later on December 5th, 2013 his best friend and Marine brother Brandon Robinson committed suicide. Zach McGuffey immediately drove to North Carolina where his Marine brother Brandon Robinson lived and died after his return home from the Marine Corps.
During Zach’s time in North Carolina, taking care of Brandon’s family, his funeral and his belongings is where Zach started to fully realize the problems with the VA, the reality of veteran PTSD and suicide and the changes that needed to be made within the veteran community.
After returning home and spending the next year recovering from the loss of his closest Marine brother Zach McGuffey decided he had to do something to help end this epidemic and make positive changes, not only within himself, but within the veteran community. So he started 22 Until Valhalla. And so this mission began in November of 2014.
Now, as of January 2017, 22 Until Valhalla has 7 board members, legal council, a grant writer, full 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, two other partner non profit groups, two children nominated with college scholarships, National speaking events, and a line of merchandise.