July 12, 1998- February 11, 2019
Macoy Austin Daniel Hicks, 20, left this earth for heaven on February 11, 2019. Born in Newburgh, New York, Macoy was a 2016 graduate of Colonie Central High School. Macoy served our country in the US Navy, spending nearly a year in Washington DC as a Ceremonial Guardsman. He was most recently a sailor on the USS Nimitz in Bremerton, Washington. Macoy had a beautiful vibrant soul that could put a smile anyone’s face and will be deeply missed by many. Survivors include his parents, Michael and Jolee Hicks and his loving sister Sienna Hicks of Albany, grandparents Patsy and Jerry Coyle of Newburgh, NY, Patrick and Carole Agostino formerly of Wilton, NY, Wanda Bonefont of Amsterdam, NY; his great grandpa Jimmy (Pa) and great grandma Mama Luz. as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.
Macoy Austin Daniel Hicks served in the US Navy from February 2017 – February 11th 2019. Macoy’s first station was Washington, DC as a Ceremonial Guardsman. He honorably participated in 6-8 funerals a day. Following that station he was assigned to the USS Nimitz in Bremerton, WA.
Macoy lost his battle with PTSD and a TBI and subsequently died by suicide.
He was so full of life and yet he struggled behind his smile. We do not want our military members to feel alone. Macoy certainly wouldn’t either.
Even though Macoy is no longer with us he lives on in us and in our mission. We will not stop until the military suicide epidemic is addressed and eliminated.
We are here to help! There is an overwhelming stigma, across all branches, regarding mental health in the military. Service members feel they cannot talk about their mental health difficulties without losing rank or being dishonorably discharged. They are being told to suck it up, being mistreated by their chain of command and being mocked by peers. These are huge factors contributing to why our service members will not seek help with their anxiety, depression, PTSD and suicidal ideation. This is not only unfair and wrong; it needs to stop.
Our goal is to connect service members with therapists via telehealth so they can truly receive confidential support no matter where they are. We are driven to change the military suicide epidemic by removing the red tape and shortening the gap between service members and therapist. Let us help you find a healthy outlet for dealing with your struggles. Together we can help stop the military service members suicide epidemic and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health in the military.
HicksStrong will bring everything you need to have an amazing fundraising event. Your guest will be sponsoring and painting a unique HicksStrong Hug Mug that will be given to a military member to remind them they matter, we want them to succeed and be here tomorrow, and they are not alone.