According to SAVE.org suicide is the 10th leading cause of deaths in the U.S. for all ages. Did you know that there was a study done from 1999 to 2010 and was released in 2013 by the VA. This study showed that there were about 22 veterans dying from suicide every day, that is about one every 65 minutes. This is where the Ruck 22 was born. Visit Ruck 22 on Facebook
For those of you who do not know what a Ruck is, it is a walk with a heavy pack full of supplies over a long distance. This is the 3rd annual Ruck 22. Which is a 22mile walk that starts at the Deck Restaurant on Pere Marquette beach at 8am traveling to Bear Lake Tavern then back to The Deck Restaurant for the after party. The last 2.2 miles of this Ruck will be dedicated to the memory of SGT Lorenzo Lopez who lost his battle with suicide. If you would like to participate with the last 2.2 miles there is a special registration for you.
You are able to sign up to participate for this event up to the weekend before the event which will be May 25th, this will insure you have a custom Ruck 22 t-shirt. You may sign up on the day of but you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt as they are first come first serve for any extras that they may have on hand. The registration fee is $35 and includes your custom t-shirt and a raffle ticket for multiple prizes.
I sat down with Alexa and Joe Kalinski the founders of the Ruck 22 event that is going to be held on June 1st. Joe is a veteran himself and has seen first-hand the need to build an awareness and a community with both veterans and civilians alike to the rise in suicide and PTSD.