Columbus – Columbus Indiana American Legion member and USMC Veteran, Kyle Killinger will run 300+ plus miles from Ohio to Indiana to highlight the growing problem of veteran suicides. The full story here.
Data released from the VA, shows that roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide. Many of these tragic incidents are related to personal battles with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Kyle says, “By raising awareness and talking about PTSD, we have the opportunity to show Veterans our support and let them know that they are NEVER alone. Bringing about conversations on what we can do for these veterans today can help to ensure they will be here tomorrow”.
Donations in the form of sponsorships for Kyle’s journey will benefit 22-2-NONE and SAVE22VETERANS, which are both nonprofit organizations that work to help raise awareness and provide support to eliminate veteran suicide.
Kyle will begin his journey on July 1st, leaving from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and finishing at Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana on July 8th.
A planned 5k run and car show fundraiser will be held on that Saturday (July 8th) to collect addition donations for the cause.
If you have any questions, please contact William Tapscott at 812-447-5767 or Kyle Kilinger at 812-447-2514. Follow Kyle on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/300milesbrother.
A letter from Kyle
In order to battle and change the statistic of 22 veterans committing suicide EVERYDAY and to raise awareness for ALL who suffer from PTSD, I will be running 300 miles starting in Canton, Ohio and ending at Mill Race Park in Columbus, Ind.
During my run, I will be updating my followers with pictures, videos, and interviews via Facebook and other social media platforms. I will be speaking with veterans and their families to share their stories of hope and strength, digging deeper into what it is to learn and live with PTSD.
By raising awareness and talking about PTSD, we have the opportunity to show veterans our support and let them know they are never alone and to bring about conversations on what we can do today to make sure they are here tomorrow.
I need your help in saving the lives of our military heroes both locally and nationally. Together we can get that number from 22 to ZERO.
Any and all donations help. Donations acquired will partially fund accommodations incurred throughout my run.
Also, please remember, donations do not have to be in monetary form.
I, Kyle Killinger, pledge to donate all remaining funds to 22-2-NONE and SAVE22VETERANS.
All item donations must be in by June 29, 2017. With respect, we do ask that all monetary donations are split 50/50 between the two nonprofit organizations.
Thank you so much for your time, your donations and for sharing!
Want to help Kyle with his run?
Please call before ordering to check for availability of items Kyle Killinger: Kyle Killinger – 812-447-2514 or William Tapscott – 812-799-0711. (Also call Kyle or William for item drop-off location)
“My name is Kyle and I am a warrior. I am a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran hailing from the beautiful city of Columbus, Ind. I come from a long line of great men who were in the military. My grandfather was in the Air Force and I have uncles who fought in WWII and Vietnam.
My best friend, whom I greatly respect, chose to join the Marines. I very willingly followed in his footsteps shortly after. Through my short travels and experiences I have seen many things; PTSD being one of the most tragic.
I myself do not suffer from PTSD, but I am aware of how it attributes to everyday struggles in the lives of once strong souls. It is very possible that we all know someone within our lives who is suffering right at this very minute. Each beautiful soul that battles with PTSD has their own story and their own demons. The most crucial point, and what I am trying to tackle, is the fact that some see no other alternative other than ending the pain by taking their own life.
Most of society is still unaware that there are 22 American veterans committing suicide EVERY SINGLE DAY.
This is staggering, and completely unacceptable. These men and women are real American heroes. They have fought, bled, cried, missed their own families, and all for the sake of the rest of us, so we could all live... free. The ones who have fulfilled their duties and thankfully returned home need our help. They need your help!
You can’t patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid. As a result of these prolific and horrifying statistics, I am choosing to do something about it.
I am choosing to fight for those that have so selflessly done so for me, you, and everyone else in this beautiful country.
22-2-NONE is a non-profit organization lead by a board of fellow veterans to help raise awareness and provide support in hopes to combat veteran suicide.
The numbers of veteran suicides are steadily increasing. When on active duty and working side-by-side, everyone had each other’s backs, with the mentality of never leaving a man behind.
Re-entering civilian life is a large adjustment for most, but some struggling more than others. This organization has been created to rally together in hope s of keeping our brothers and sisters in arms safe and to lend a hand, an ear, or even a shoulder when needed without judgement.
Learn more at www.222none.weebly.com
Save22Veterans is a group of veteran friends working to raise awareness and help prevent veterans and active duty suicides.
SAVE22 is a grassroots movement started by Marine veteran Tom Indorf in the small farming community of Carrollton, Ohio. Something formed a spark inside Tom after speaking with other concerned veterans and he decided he wanted to start raising awareness for the 22 veterans from all branches of the service who are reported to commit suicide every day in this country.
Many arguments have been made about the validity of the exact number; however, at the end of the day, even on veteran is too many.
Learn more at www.save22.vet
Together, we change lives for Veterans, their families and their communities.
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