“Silkies Hike” Comes to Freeport for Unique Event as Veterans Support Veterans

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It could be an interesting sight in Freeport this weekend as shirtless veterans have a good time, for a good cause.

It’s called the “Silkies Hike” for veterans with PTSD. It’s a unity event, designed to get veterans together to open up about their experiences.

The federal government says 22 veterans commit suicide every single day.

More than 200 vets will gather in the Pretzel City Saturday, but they won’t be wearing the traditional uniform.

“We’re walking 22 kilometers with 50 pounds on our backs, or 22 kilograms, for the 22 individuals who commit suicide, but we’re doing it with a bit of flair,” said Sgt. Adam Dawson, USMC, the Freeport event’s organizer. “So we’re going to wear our service branch PT shorts, no shirts, combat boots and we’re going to nine different bars along the way.”

The event is this Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. Parking will be at the Super 8 and Cimino’s in Freeport. The event will benefit ‘Irreverent Warriors.’

Only veterans are asked to attend the hike itself, but non-veterans are encouraged to attend an after-party for $5. Transportation will be provided afterward to get everyone home responsibly.

If you know a veteran that could use the support, this event is for him or her. You can find additional information by clicking here.

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