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N. AL veterans group holding pushup event to fight veteran suicide

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A veterans' support group is asking for north Alabama's help to draw awareness to veteran's struggles with suicide. They're trying to gather 2,022 people to do 22 pushups simultaneously to bring awareness to the problem.

They are planning an event called "22 Won't Do" at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Huntsville Veterans Memorial.

There’s a $22 registration fee. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Huntsville Veterans Memorial. A new statue is going in next year.

The rest of the money will go to the Bearded Warriors and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The group says 22 veterans commit suicide each day on average. Local veterans say initiatives like this that support them mean a lot.

"One thing that happens when you get out of the military is you lose the brotherhood or sisterhood you gained while you were in. And when you get out, there’s nobody to talk to or explain that. You feel like nobody will understand because they weren’t in the military,” said Air Force veteran Patrick Tipton.

After the pushups, people can enjoy food, music and games for the whole family. If you're interested, you can find a link to sign up under WAFF's "You Saw It" tab..

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