HOPE 22 was named for the alarming fact that approximately twenty-two veterans take their own lives each day, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. With this exhibit, HOPE 22 aims to raise awareness surrounding our country’s veteran suicide epidemic while educating the public on mental health issues. The exhibit includes twenty-two photograph portraits of Kansas City veterans, each displayed with short personal stories of struggle, resilience, and hope.
About HOPE 22:
HOPE 22 is a Kansas City-based photography project organized by Creative Director Brooke Brown and has partnered with local photographers Steve Gibson, Chuong Doan, and John Howe. The project has also worked with local veteran support organizations, including Warriors’ Ascent, War Horses for Veterans, Veterans Community Project, and Battle Buddy Service Dogs. Visitors to HOPE 22 will learn about the veteran experience through stories of hope and healing, and it aims to connect people to local resources.