Post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide are problems faced by millions of veterans nationwide. However, one group in Louisiana is taking an original approach to raising awareness of these very serious issues.

The Irreverent Warriors is a veterans group that recently met in Lafayette, Louisiana, to raise awareness of these conditions with its second commemorative hike.

Participants hike 22 kilometers, wearing backpacks loaded with 22 kilograms of weight. This signifies the 22 veterans who die by suicide every day. Fortunately, those who go on the hikes say they’re fun and build camaraderie with fellow veterans.

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