EMS joins push-up challenge to curb veteran suicide
The number of push-ups correlate to the number of veterans that die by suicide every day
KENSWICK, Va. — Much like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the 22Kill Push-up Challenge has gained traction within the fire and EMS community.
The challenge’s cause is to raise awareness of veteran suicide prevention. The challenge is simple: do 22 push-ups and make a donation. The number of push-ups correlate to the number of veterans that die by suicide every day, according to a study done by the Veterans Administration.
American Legion Post 74 Commander Phil Grimm told WHSV the challenge spreads awareness on an issue that may not garner much national attention.
“My wife and I got this Facebook post from our niece … She was all excited and felt very patriotic about doing this; she was doing 22 push-ups,” Grimm said.
Dr. David Hamilton said that suicide among veterans is often related to trauma and war experience.
“The trauma that war leaves on a person’s mind doesn’t last a year or five years. It lasts a lifetime,” he said.
22Kill’s goal is to raise awareness and prevention on veteran suicide. They’re aiming to reach 22 million push-ups.
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