It is a simple exercise you can do to remember, honor, and bring awareness to the epidemic of Veteran suicide due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
It starts with a commitment to pop down and do 22 pushups. It starts right here in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads. Whether you are vacationing on the Oceanfront or you live here, you doing it raises awareness and that is key.
The Department Of Veterans Affairs did a study in 2012. Based on some data they found that on average 22 Veterans commit suicide daily. And of these many are well over the age of 50. They are the victims of a trauma that came back with them from theaters of conflict overseas.
We see many of these heroes around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and greater Hampton Roads. Many are transitioning back. The mental wounds of war have not healed. As an area with the largest concentration of bases and military installations, we sit in the epicenter of the problem. We can also make a dramatic impact, bringing attention back to this area and our wounded veterans. Here are some simple things you can do to support veterans suffering from PTSD
Here are some simple actions you can do to support the 22 pushup challenge
Participate in the challenge
Tell others on your networks, social media, or neighborhoods about it
Like the Facebook 22 pushup challenge page https://www.facebook.com/22PushupChallenge
Be a donor to Active Heroes. An organization focused on supporting Veterans
22 A Day Challenge – 22 Pushups for 22 Daily Veteran Suicides from Active Heroes on Vimeo.
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