A study by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs revealed alarmingly high rates of veteran suicide.
When Oregon High School sophomore Conner Young heard about it, he took action. He became an ambassador for Mission 22, an organization that raises awareness and funds to help vets receive treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
Young organized a 22 mile walk that’s set for Saturday morning. He’ll start at the Fallen Soldiers Memorial in Oregon and end at the VFW around lunch time. He’s hopeful others will be motivated to help.
“A lot of people don’t know about this epidemic,” said Young. “There’s 22 veterans a day that take their lives. My main goal is to raise as much awareness as I can. I’ll be carrying a Mission 22 flag. So, I want the community to see that this is a problem and it needs to be taken care of.”
Young says he’s already received a lot of community support, including a call from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). If you would to help out, click here.