S.K.I.P is a 501(c)(3) Veteran Family Organization assisting in elimination Veteran Families suicide. Supporting a strong foundation in our U.S. Military and Veteran's children's lives by fostering a stable environment, so they can have a strong family unity, leading t o a healthy foundation for their future, and generations to come.
Support Kids In Progress, Inc. (S.K.I.P)
Was developed to prevent suicide, freeing veterans families from emotional pain, so they may live this beautiful life God gave them. Service-members sacrificed leaving their families, risking their lives to protect our country, and give us the freedom we live. Many are returning home with trauma, having so much emotional pain that they are taking their own life. Plus, many have developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that puts them at risk of suicide. Veterans are not living the trauma alone; their family share it with them. As an American, it is our honor and responsibility to protect and give freedom of emotional pain to veterans families. Please SKIP with us to a healthier nation.
S.K.I.P. servicing San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County. (Children's programs will be coming soon to San Bernardino county)
I’m a mother and a grandmother. In September 2011, I retired from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) after nearly 25 years of service. My inspiration in life is to make a difference in people lives, especially for children as they are our future.
One of my main motivations in developing Support Kids in Progress, Inc. (S.K.I.P.), was after my friend, a Vietnam Veteran told me, more men & women from the Iraq and Afghanistan War have committed suicide than those killed in combat. Plus many are returning home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as PTSD. I saw the pain in his eyes as he told me this, probably because it brought back some horrible memories.
While I'm not a veteran, I am a PTSD survivor and I know the pain well, the terrible memories, the loneliness, and more comes with having witnessed and surviving a violent human tragedy that resulted in so much heartbreak, helplessness, and confusion. I know too well the effects it has on loved ones especially the children who can't/don’t understand the physical and mental pain after such an awful tragedy.
The night of November 9, 2003, my life was changed forever. I was driving in a rural area, it was pitch black that night. There were no street lights not even any stars out. I was stunned to see a young man wearing dark clothing curled in a fetal position lying in the road approximately 30 feet in front of me. I was not able to stop in time. I ran him over and he died instantly. Although I had no control of the tragedy, it affected my life, my family’s life and the 22 year old man's family forever. His will never see, speak, or ever hold their loved one again.
From this tragedy, I developed PTSD. The trauma affected my entire family especially my children and my grandson. At that time, my daughter was 13, my sons 18 and 23, and my grandson was 6-years old. It was extremely hard to look at my sons, as they reminded me of the young man. My grandson, whom is very close to me, went into depression because he felt his Oma (grandmother) didn't love him anymore. Since I didn't want to be around him nor speak to him.
I was mentally abusive towards my children for the slightest noise. When I realized what I was doing to my children, I apologized to them. However, it was too late. The damage was done. I hurt my children. What no one realized, I was suicidal. Seeing my sons constantly reminded me of the accident, this made it worse. It was not my family's fault. They had no idea how to help me, how could they? My family didn’t know what was wrong with me. No one gave them any instructions how to help me, or on, what not to say, or do.
Unless families knew their loved one was suicidal, there wasn't a center or a 24-hour help line for families to receive help with their loved one. Knowing children who have parent(s) who have committed suicide have a higher chance of dying the same as their parents did.
God blessed me with a Detective, Fire Captian, and my Boss at a time of need. I now have a great relationship with my family. For many years, I asked God, “Why?” He answered, I had to live with the turmoil that lingered in the soul of a person, and how it impacted families, in order to develop S.K.I.P.. Fighting to free the children and their parent(s)/grandparent(s) from the emotional pain, so that they may enjoy this beautiful life God gave them.
S.K.I.P. is dedicated to the United States Armed Forces and their families.
For our U.S. Military and Veterans' children to have a strong support for their parent(s) transiting back into society, giving children a healthy foundation for their future and generations to come.