Marines march in ‘silkies’ to raise awareness about military suicides

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suicide-stop2A group of Marines trekked over 13 miles this weekend in nothing but their trademark short shorts known as “silkies” to raise awareness about suicide among veterans.

The event, titled “22, with 22, for the 22” took place on Saturday in San Diego, Calif., with a group of Marines marching 22 kilometers up the coast, carrying 22 kilograms of gear on their back. The number 22 represents the estimated 22 veterans who commit suicide each day, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The event was organized by Irreverent Warriors, founded by Marine-turned-comedian Donny O’Malley, and VETality Corp, another veteran support organization, with the mission of raising awareness of post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention among vets.

“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,” read the event’s Facebook page.

The march drew more than a few onlookers, with many people sharing images on social media of the Marines in their silkies making their way up the coast.

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  1. The traditional mental health system is trying to jump into this issue as the answer. But there are MANY who insist their theories and technologies are not contributing to a real resolution to the problem and never will. They argue that the goal of the mental health system as it is currently organized is social control and to act as an income stream for…whoever is really at the other end of that flow of dollars. Veterans are simply one of several targeted groups. What we are up against are the same criminal elements that Gordon and the others are talking about. Support them in exposing the criminals.

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