Thank You for Your Service – Remembering the 22

Our veterans sacrifice everything for our country. They leave the comfort of home, the safety of their families and friends, and spend their lives trying to make the world a better place for us, our children, and our children’s children. Many make the ultimate sacrifice trying to keep peace. We’re glad when our brave men and women make it back home but rarely do we stop to think of the unimaginable trauma they have been through overseas – especially when they rarely ask for attention or thanks. The Number 22 We asked some vets what the number 22 means to them. Here is what they had to say, Ron Vasquez, Active US Navy, says, “The number 22 is not a good number for me.” Erica Walker explains, “22 is the number that came out several years back that said the VA statistics were that an average of 22 veterans a day were committing suicide. I don’t think it’s enough to just bring awareness but actually do something about it.” She continues, “We need to do something to stop it. 22 is too many. We need to work at getting that number down we. We need to get a handle on it.” Veteran Administration statistics confirm 22 Veterans a day are succumbing to suicide on American soil.