Vets walk to raise awareness about veteran suicide - FOX Carolina 21

Vets walk to raise awareness about veteran suicide

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Mission 22 organizes walk in remembrance of veterans who commit suicide (FOX Carolina) Mission 22 organizes walk in remembrance of veterans who commit suicide (FOX Carolina)
LANDRUM, SC (FOX Carolina) -

More than two dozen veterans and friends of veterans walked 21.7 miles from Landrum to Greer in honor of the 22 veterans that commit suicide on average each day. 

The group Mission 22 organized the walk, which started at the Ingles grocery store in Landrum and continued down SC-14 to Mutt's BBQ in Greer. 

Organizers said they want to raise awareness about the large number of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries who contemplate and carry out suicide. 

Additionally, recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That statistic is mirrored in South Carolina, where just this year, 753 people have died by their own hand.

"People do give up on their lives, and so that's why we are doing this, because sometimes they just can't go on," said Ceci Rosser, a Spartanburg resident. 

"They do experience these thoughts due to isolation due to depression and you know they really miss that camaraderie of the military," said Charlie Hall, executive director of Upstate Warrior Solution.

"Have a relationship with them, ask them to tell their story," he said. 

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