In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing the rear of an airplane as the six o’clock position. If you picture yourself at the center of a clock face, the area directly in front of you is twelve o’clock. Six o’clock is what lies behind you. On a battlefield, your “six” is the most vulnerable. So, when someone tells you that they’ve “got your six,” it means they’re watching your back. By extension, that person expects you to have their back as well. “Got your six” is now a ubiquitous term in the military that also highlights the way military members look out for each other. - Wikipedia


PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Many of our soldiers come back from their tours suffering from this terrible disorder. Many feel the only way out is suicide. “Big Mike” Halpin was shocked by the number of our service people who not only battling PTSD but also the number of those that took their lives. 22 veterans a day are taking their lives, 154 in one week, 616 a month and 7,392 in one year.


After hearing a story about a soldier that took his own life because he was suffering from PTSD, “Big Mike” wanted to do something locally to help homeless veterans and veterans with PTSD. He got together with Bill Byrnes of Rolling Thunder Chapter 6 Long Island and Billy “the Biker” Bennett, and came up with the “We Have Your 6.” Their mission is to get K9 and equine therapies to our veterans suffering from PTSD and to teach the coping skills that will help them assimilate back into society in a healthy and productive way.


“I have never felt so driven to do something. I would eventually like to create a model that will go up and down the east coast,” “Big Mike” said.


On July 31, a golf tournament will be held at the Stony Ford Golf Course in Montgomery. A full breakfast will be available with games of chance at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A par three $10,000 hole-in-one is planned and another par three hole-in-one will award the winner a brand new $20,000 Toyota Corolla thanks to Steve Jardine of Johnstons Toyota in Middletown. Raffles and prizes will be held during the barbecue lunch and a few other surprises still in the planning stages.


Sponsors, donations, vendors and volunteers are needed. Give “big Mike” a call at 914-482-3829 if you would like to help in one of these areas.


All the proceeds from the two events will go to counseling, rehab and therapies for veterans.


The “We Have Your 6” team is working very hard to organize the golf tournament and the Biker Bash that is set for May 29-31 at Holiday Mountain in Monticello. To them just one more life lost to PTSD or one more homeless veteran is just not acceptable.


For more information give “Big Mike” a call at 914-482-3829. You can also find information for the Biker Bash and the golf tournament on the “We Have Your 6” Facebook page or go to wehaveyour6.net.


dkessler@th-record.com