We are used to people posting their fitness endeavors on social media. Now, people are using this as a mission to send a message about veteran suicide statistics.
The #22PushupChallenge is simple: Do 22 pushups every day for 22 consecutive days, posting videos each day and tagging them. If you can't do 22, do 10 or five, or just try really hard. Don't forget to tag #22PushupChallenge.
The Department of Veteran Affairs reports that 22 veterans take their own lives every day. Researchers looked at deployed and non-deployed active duty veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars between 2001 and 2007. They said the rate of suicide is greatest the first three years after leaving the service. The research also found that deployed and non-deployed veterans had a higher risk of suicide compared to the U.S. population.
The veteran empowerment group, Honor Courage Commitment, started the #22PushupChallenge. One of the goals of this challenge is to show support for our troops who might be hurting. The hope is public support and appreciation can help veterans cope.
WHNT News 19's Courtney Crown is committed to participating in the #22PushupChallenge. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter to watch as she follows her commitment through over the next 22 days. Please be sure to share any encouragement you may have for Courtney on her page.
Here are a few of her videos: