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'22 Challenge' seeks to raise awareness of high veteran suicide rate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Statistics show 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day.

An event held in Cherokee Park on Saturday focused on lowering those numbers.  

Veterans and their families were invited to take part in the first-ever 22 Challenge 10K Rucksack.

Participants backpacked along a pre-determined route. 

The goal is to teach more people about veteran suicides and bring the number of yearly deaths down to zero.

Hosted by veterans for veterans, several organizations were on hand with information on help for those dealing with PTSD and other issues.  

"Our veterans need to come home and get the support that they need after coming back from war," Scott Ham said. "When it comes to behavioral health and mental wellness, we need to make sure that no one is committing suicide."

The free event included veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan.

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