Vet camps out at Jefferson Barracks to save lives

Army veteran Shawn Antonious is camping out at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery to bring awareness to veterans’ suicide. Credit: KMOV

An army veteran is camping out at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery to bring awareness to veterans’ suicide.

Shawn Antonious said he found his new mission in his sleep.

“It was a dream I had, for once it wasn’t a nightmare,” said Antonious.

Antonious’ organization is called Mission Impossible 22 because 22 veterans commit suicide every day. He said he wants to stop that by helping veterans find their purpose.

Part of his mission is to camp out at Jefferson Barracks for 22 days.

“To show people what it’s like to be homeless, that I was not as sharp as I was on day one,” he said.

He is documenting his struggle through Facebook live.

Antonious will be camping out until January 25.

Despite the recent cold weather, he has only missed one day of camping, which he will make up.

For more on Shawn’s journey, click here.

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