22 veterans commit suicide each day. That estimated number of military veterans taking their own life is the motivation behind the demonstrations started by two veterans in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Former United States Marines Joseph Wolf and Matthew O’Dell decided that too many people just don't know about the plight of many of our veterans. And, they decided 22 was a number that just was not acceptable.
Instead of sitting back and doing nothing, the two decided it was time to take a stand and bring some exposure to the issue of military suicide. Each month - on the 22nd day of that month - you will find the two veterans, along with many others, near the Murfreesboro Square bringing attention to the silent suffering many of our veterans face.
Those joining Wolf and O'Dell in the Square carry homemade signs bringing attention to PTSD and veteran suicide. As one demonstrator mentioned, just getting one person to go home to Google veteran suicide would be a small victory.
Below is a news story from WZTV Fox 17 which features both Joseph Wolf and Matthew O’Dell sharing their experiences with PTSD and suicide and their motivation behind the monthly demonstrations.
Thank you both for shining a light on veteran suicide and the plight of veterans facing hard times at home.
If you - our readers - also believe 22 is an unacceptable number, please share this blog post with your friends to help us spread the word about military veteran suicide.
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