Hometown Heroes

Group Raises Awareness For Veteran Suicides

The statistic is staggering: 22 veterans commit suicide each day. That’s one person who fought for our country dying every 65 minutes because they’ve lost the battle with depression. The war isn’t over, though. One Huntsville organization is rallying the troops on October 22 to bring awareness to the struggle of soldiers and raise money for treatment.

A Smile For Troops is organizing 22 Won’t Do, an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for number of people doing pushups. The goal is to have at least 2,222 people doing 22 pushups each at the Veterans Memorial Park downtown. The current record is held by Intel Corporation who had 1,286 people doing pushups in Oregon.

Registration for the event is $22 and includes a t-shirt and other goodies. Proceeds from the event will go to the Combat Medic Statue that is coming to the memorial in 2017, to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and BeArded Warriors.

This will be a family event with food trucks, bounce houses and live music from Josh Taerk. Sign in starts at 8 a.m. with the pushups beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Register for the event online through the 22 Won’t Do website. 

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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