A group of than 100 veterans wearing "silkies" hiked through the Twin Cities Saturday to raise awareness for military suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The event – "22 with 22 for the 22" – is a 22 kilometer hike (13.6 miles) with people carrying 22-kilogram (48.5 pounds) packs in honor of the 22 soldiers and military veterans who take their own life every day in the United States.
More than 150 veterans participated in Saturday's event, KSTP says.
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Medically retired Marine Capt. Donny O'Malley began the "22 with 22 for the 22" movement in July in San Diego, California, in an effort to bring some humor to a serious issue, the Marine Corps Times reported.
The description of the San Diego event says the march is meant "To get veterans and our supporters together, to put weight on our backs and feel nostalgic, to laugh, to drink, to party, and remind us all that our camaraderie and brotherhood will never die."
Since the first "22 with 22 for the 22" event, 2o additional hikes have been held across the country, KSTP says.