Marines walk to raise awareness of suicide rates among veterans
SAN DIEGO, CA (KTVI) – A group of U.S. Marines took to the beach to raise awareness of the suicide rate among veterans. They walked more than 13 miles carrying almost 50 pounds on their backs, or 22 kilometers with 22 kilograms, for the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day on Saturday, Buzzfeed reports. And they did it…in their undies.
The group’s Facebook page says the event was held, “to get veterans and our supporters together, to put weight on our backs and feel nostalgic, to laugh, to drink, to party, and remind us all that our camaraderie and brotherhood will never die.”
News of the Marines hike spread overseas.
A 2010 study by the Department of Veterans Affairs revealed that approximately 22 military veterans commit suicide every day.