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Group holds workout to raise awareness for veterans

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By Brian Feldman, News 4 Reporter

More than 100 men and women worked out at Cahokia Mounds Saturday morning to raise awareness.  Their cause?  22 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States.  Those in attendance say that number should be zero.

“We would not have our freedom without the veterans,” event organizer Craig Cottingham said.

So the men and women in Cahokia joined forces with an organization called 22-Kill, based out of Dallas, Texas.  It’s mission is to do 22-million push-ups to get the word out that veterans need more help.  Each person did 22 push-ups and wrote their name down in marker on a list.

That goes towards the 22-million push-up goal.

“Twenty-two push-ups for 22 days – anybody can do it.  You can do it off a rail, you can do it off the ground.  They even take air push-ups. It’s just to raise awareness for veteran suicide,” Cottingham said.

Many believe the reason so many veterans are committing suicide following deployment overseas is because they lack support upon coming back to civilian life.  They also, many times, don’t have anyone to talk to regarding their problems.

“You can call me anytime if you have a crisis just to talk it out.  We need to make sure they don’t commit suicide,” Navy veteran Kile Buhs said.

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