ROCKFORD (WTVO) – More than 22 veterans a day take their own life and Forest City bikers took to the streets, combating that shocking statistic.
The Rockford Veteran’s Affairs Clinic was the rally point for the annual Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention for veterans. Motorcycles filled the parking lot before bikers took off on the awareness ride ending in Wisconsin.
The ride started last year when a member of the Women in the Wind motorcycle group who is also a nurse working at the VA after seeing how her patients battled mental health issues, with some sadly losing that fight.
“I don’t know if the public is aware but we did have a veteran right in this very parking lot commit suicide. The signs were there and we missed it.”, Army Veteran, Agustus Ceasar Pearce said.
Last year the ride raised $2,000, splitting that money between the Rockford, Janesville and Freeport VA’s.