Veterans march 22 miles for veteran suicide awareness
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The weather held up for the most part Saturday as a crowd marched and biked from Keeneland to Camp Nelson in Jessamine County.
The 22 mile march is meant to represent the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.
The Sgt. Strother Memorial Ruck March was held in honor of Sgt. Eric Strother who suffered from PTSD and died in 2006.
The march was organized by Lori Strother, wife of Sgt. Strother and Ky State Leader for Mission 22.
“I found out about Mission 22 after losing my uncle a year ago that was a marine. It’s became a big part of my life and it’s an honor to be Lori’s assistant. Seeing the community come together for a good cause is very heartwarming,” said Lacey Outlaw with Mission 22.
Veterans and civilians participated in the 22 mile march, including Sgt. Strother’s 12 year old daughter who marched every one of those miles in honor of her father whom she lost to suicide.
Mission 22 leaders say they hold events like this throughout the year to raise awareness of veteran suicide.
Proceeds from this march benefit Mission 22.
For more information on Mission 22, click here.