#22KILL is Raising Awareness of Veteran Suicide

But the Number 22, Could be a Little Misleading

Hashtag 22 kill has been going viral on social media.

It’s a movement to raise awareness of the number of veterans that commit suicide each day, which one study by the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated the number to be 22.

There’s no sure number of how many suicides lose their lives to suicide each day, but some say, that number isn’t what’s important. What’s important is that any number above zero is too high, and the #22KILL movement is helping to raise awareness for those veterans who may be struggling with PTSD or depression.

Those who participate will do 22 pushups a day to raise awareness about suicide, depression, and other mental health issues that many military veterans often face when returning from the line of duty.

“Get involved, there are a lot of great organizations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and right here locally in Duluth as well, that people can get involved in to help raise awareness, and help create what we like to call, our support group,” said Travis Birr, an Operation 23 to Zero Representative.

The most recent studies conducted show Minnesota has one of the highest rates of active duty personnel suicides in the nation.

Below are links to organizations available to help veterans in the Northland.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Duluth Vet Center

Operation 23 to Zero

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