2018-12-21 / Front Page

‘Hope Dealer’ delivers message to Sailors, Soldiers

Petty Officer 1st Class David Hennessy
Navy Information Operations Command-Georgia Public Affairs


“Hope Dealer” Jeremy Bates delivers a presentation to Servicemembers about drug and alcohol abuse at the Signal Theatre on Dec. 12. Petty Officer 1st Class David Hennessy / Navy Information Operations Command-Georgia Public Affairs “Hope Dealer” Jeremy Bates delivers a presentation to Servicemembers about drug and alcohol abuse at the Signal Theatre on Dec. 12. Petty Officer 1st Class David Hennessy / Navy Information Operations Command-Georgia Public Affairs “Hope Dealer” Jeremy Bates, a motivational speaker, spoke to Soldiers and Sailors about drug and alcohol abuse and its effects on decision-making and mental health as part of a resiliency presentation at Signal Theatre Dec. 12.

The event was coordinated by Navy Drug and Alcohol Program Advisors (DAPA) in conjunction with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) personnel.

“The purpose of (the) event is to bring awareness to the effects of alcohol and drug abuse from someone who has seen and experienced these effects firsthand,” said Vince Krajcir, the Navy Information Operations Command DAPA.

Bates used comedy, games and music to help connect with Servicemembers before speaking about his experiences. He discussed growing up in a broken home and how he overcame the behavioral defense mechanisms he developed as a child while not letting his upbringing define him as an adult.

“Part of the reason for me coming out and sharing my story is to let Servicemembers know they aren’t alone in their struggle,” Bates said.

“Sometimes it’s our most traumatic experiences that become the vibrant parts of who we are, as long as we don’t let it consume us.” he added. Bates encouraged Servicemembers to look out for one another and reiterated “that part of being a hero is taking care of heroes.”

“The truth is we all have a story and something that we’ve overcome. My goal is getting people to rethink the way they see that struggle,” he added.

Highlights of his discussion included building effective relationships, retraining your perspective and overcoming obstacles.

Bates travels 120 days a year delivering his message and inspiring others. He has more than 19 years of professional prevention experience, including eight years working as a drug and alcohol prevention specialist.

For more information on Bates, check out www.hopedealer.com.

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