“Video games saved my life.” – Captain Stephen Machuga, Stack-Up Founder
When I was in Iraq, our infantry company received a crate full of third-hand romance novels from a library. We used them for target practice on the confiscated arms range, but it was there I realized: people wanted to help veterans, but they just didn’t know what we wanted.
“How video games helped me cope with depression.” – Nate Serefine, Stack-Up Co-Founder
“With my diagnosed depression, anxiety, and PTSD, having a home life and a work life that were compounding these problems, I fell into a deep and prolonged period of isolation. I couldn’t hold a conversation, talk to friends on the phone, or even go to work more than a few times a week. It was at this point that I began thinking about suicide.”
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Founded in 2015, Stack-Up (TAX ID: 47-5424265) brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. With the motto: “Veterans are our Mission. Gaming is our Passion”, Stack-Up serves US, NATO and ANZAC veterans through three primary programs: The Stacks, Stack-Up Supply Crates, and Air Assaults.
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Just what exactly does “Stack-Up” mean?
A “stack” is a slang term for a formation used in military or law enforcement, when an assault team forms up single file along the entrance or doorway to a room where they believe a threat is located. For the charity, the stack represents a strong community of friends, family, brothers and sisters in arms, and supporters, all coming together for a common mission, and here, that’s supporting veterans with video gaming.
What is the weird “grenade” looking piece of the logo?
When a stack prepares to breach and clear a room as detailed above, the second team member in the stack throws a “noise flash diversionary device” (better known as a flashbang) into the room to blind, deafen and disorient anyone waiting for the team to enter.