Brothers Keeper Veteran Foundation


February 10th, 2024

The Foundry at Rae’s Creek, Augusta, GA

It was with great pride that we at Brothers Keeper Veteran Foundation invited you to our past event: Mardi Gras Masquerade Unmasking Veteran Mental Health. On February 10, 2024, we hosted a night of glamour, entertainment, and, most importantly, a celebration of the men and women who sacrificed so much in the service of our country.

Our goal was simple: to raise funds for the mental health and PTSI services that so many of our veterans are in need of. We recognized that it was not enough to simply thank veterans for their service; we needed to come together as a community and provide them with the resources they deserve to live full and healthy lives. That is why the event was so important—an opportunity for us to show our support and gratitude while raising critical funds for these essential services.

The Mardi Gras Masquerade Unmasking Veteran Mental Health took place at The Foundry in Augusta, Georgia, a stunning venue that offered the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening. Throughout the night, attendees were treated to a fantastic selection of music, food, and drinks, and even some inspirational speakers, including Nick Lavery. We were also thrilled to have hosted a silent auction, allowing us to highlight some incredible items and experiences while raising even more money for our cause.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who attended our Mardi Gras Masquerade Unmasking Veteran Mental Health event. Your presence and support made the evening truly remarkable, and we are immensely thankful for your contribution to our cause. Together, we have taken a significant step towards unveiling the challenges of veteran mental health and raising crucial funds for the services they require. Your generosity and commitment to our mission have not only made a positive impact on the lives of our veterans but have also reinforced the importance of community solidarity in addressing mental health issues. We are sincerely thankful for your participation in this meaningful endeavor and look forward to continuing this journey together in support of our veterans.



In 2013, while deployed to Afghanistan, he and his Detachment fell victim to an insider attack ultimately resulting in the amputation of his leg. Following a year of surgeries and initial recovery including the use of a prosthetic at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, he returned to his unit. Refusing a military medical retirement, Nick set his sights on returning to operational status.

In 2015, at the conclusion of a challenging, comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate Nick’s abilities to operate, he returned to his Detachment and was subsequently deployed once again to Afghanistan conducting full spectrum combat operations. Nick is considered the first Special Forces operator to return to combat as an above-the-knee amputee.


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