22 Push-ups A Day and 22 Ways to Donate to Help Veterans with PTSD

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22 push-ups challenge // 22 ways to donate to veterans with PTSD // www.thehisfor.com

This seems very fitting, considering today is July 1st…

Yesterday, I was challenged by my friend, Michelle, to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to bring a greater awareness to the 22 suicides a day committed by our American Veterans. Wherever we are, we can stop and reach out to a Vet, Family or Friends, and make sure they are okay. We can help veterans with PTSD by raising awareness and donating to help them.

The rules are simple:
* Once you are nominated your 22 days starts the following day
* Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups, try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assisted (from your knees or even from a desk or the wall) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that’s fine but try to get them all done in one video. Copy and paste this message, and attach your video to post on social media.
* Every day you must nominate a different person, try to choose people you think will want to do this and/or have the ability to do it
* And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms only to get out and feel lost. It’s sad that so many good veterans feel that suicide is the only way out.
‪#‎activeheroes‬ ‪#‎carrythefallen‬ ‪#‎22tozero‬ ‪#‎22pushups‬ for ‪#‎22kill‬ ‪#‎ptsdawareness‬

Over the next 22 days, starting now, I will be doing 22 push-up’s a day and posting about it on my social media accounts. [Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat: @thehisfor]

I’m switching it up a little bit, though. Yes, I’m going to do my 22 push-ups every day, but instead of nominating someone else to do it, I’m nominating YOU to do some push-ups, but to also consider donating to help our veterans. I’ve put together a list of 22 organizations that work with veterans, many of whom are suffering from PTSD, addictions, substance abuse, depression and anxiety. So, do your push-ups [they’re good for  you!] but take it a step farther and donate to help veterans with PTSD.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot in my heart for those who serve our nation with our military. Whenever I see someone in uniform, I make a point to tell them thank you for their service, thank you for putting your life on the line and sacrificing so much for my safety, my security, my well fair, my freedom.

When you think of soldiers and their sacrifices, you automatically think about all those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Typically, a soldier makes it home and we all breathe a sigh of relief… They made it home. They’re safe now. No more worries. The sacrifice is over.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Fighting for our nation by serving in a war has far more consequences than the physical ones we see so often. Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder is a major one of them. It’s spread is far beyond that of the story of the soldier who killed Chris Kyle a few years ago. According to a post by NerdWallet.com PTSD has PLENTY of terrible effects on these men and women:

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are categorized into sets. The first type of symptoms are called re-experiencing symptoms, and include flashbacks, nightmares and frightening thoughts. The second category is avoidance symptoms, and includes staying away from places, losing interest in enjoyable activities, and feeling guilt, numbness or depression. The last set of symptoms is called hyper-arousal symptoms, and includes feeling tense, scaring easily, having outbursts and difficulty sleeping. Here is a look at PTSD statistics at-a-glance.

Check out this post from NerdWallet.com for more information.

Did you know that:

-an estimated 460,000 Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans have PTSD?
-84.8% of Vietman Veterans with PTSD still display symptoms of moderate impairment even 30+ years AFTER their service?
-22 Veterans commit suicide EVERY SINGLE DAY?

Y’all. That’s just horrifying.

IN HONOR OF THE 22 AMERICAN VETERANS WHO WILL DIE TODAY OF SUICIDE, HERE ARE 22 ORGANIZATIONS THAT SERVE OUR VETS FOR YOU TO DONATE TO:

#22Kill

Wounded Warrior Project

Warrior’s Heart Foundation

PTSD Foundation of America

Blue Skies of Texas

Paws and Stripes

Military With PTSD Organization

The Soldier’s Project

Stop Soldier Suicide Organization

Office of Warrior Care Policy

Real Warriors Campaign

Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services

AfterDeployment.org

Emory Health Care Veterans Program

Heroes On The Water

National Center for PTSD

USDA New Farmers Veteran Program

Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Wounded Warrior Education and Employment Initiative

Vietnam Veterans of America

Veterans on Deck

Healing Household 6

Many of these provide therapy, employment help and resources to all of our veterans. So, let’s do our push-up’s, but let’s also make a point to take this challenge a step farther!

God Bless our Military and our Veterans. Thank you for your service.

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1Comment
  • Miguel Lahunken
    Posted at 17:14h, 17 August

    Twenty-two veterans commit suicide each day? Did this happen when there was a draft? No. Volunteers, willing to die on the front lines, are basically suicidal; and, this explains these suicides.