Hi, my name is Jacob Barr.
The Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States every day. Suicides in our service member ranks is a serious issue, one is too many.
I was not nominated to do The 22×22 Challenge. I decided to take the challenge after reading the above statistics from the VA. Veteran suicide is an issue near and dear to my heart. Too many have been lost. 22 vets a day commit suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness! A friend posted a valid point on his Facebook page the other day pointing out that this challenge is not preventing veteran suicide. I would bet that he is right. My pushups are highly unlikely to stop a veteran from committing suicide. However, the point of this challenge is to provide AWARENESS!
22 veterans commit suicide a day. This number is equal to a platoon/flight every two days. In a week it totals the number of soldiers in a company/squadron. In 30 days this would be an entire battalion gone. This is tragic! I wish my pushups and the pushups of everyone participating in this challenge could stop veteran suicide, but I know that is not realistic. Realistically, we can all do our part by providing awareness to a serious crisis in our country. Please take a few minutes out of you day and honor our veterans with 22 pushups a day during the month of November.
The rules are simple:
* Your 22 days start the following day.
* Nominate a new person, veteran, or civilian.
* Record yourself doing 22 pushups.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, please seek help and share the sources below. Together we are stronger!
Confidential Military Crisis Line: 1 800-273-8255 Option 1 or text 838255
Military One Sources: 1 800-342-9647