2021 Carry the Weight RUCK 22 Veteran Suicide Awareness Walk & March | Forest Park, Connect w/ Supporters
From our sponsors:
Carry the Weight – RUCK 22
November 11, 2021
9AM-1PM | All Ages | Free
More info: loveisking.org
Leif Erikson Germantown Trail Head
NW Leif Erikson Dr, Portland, OR 97229
Calling all mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, and the entire community to stand beside our fellow veterans. We invite you to walk and carry the weight of 22 pounds in remembrance of our brothers and sisters and to raise awareness of veteran suicide.
Every day, 22 veterans lose their battle to post-traumatic stress on American soil. This means one veteran every 65 minutes commits suicide in the United States as is confirmed by the Veteran Administration. The total number of those losing their battle grows larger with each day partly due to lack of outreach, resources, and effective treatments.
The RUCK 22 Veteran Suicide Awareness #RUCK22 hike is the advocacy action and the natural coming together of the community in solidarity to raise awareness and to stop veteran suicide.
This event is organized by Love is King and Forest Park Conservancy as part of the Heritage Event series. Heritage Events promote mental health and making outdoor environments safe and accessible for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and for all underserved communities.
Join us on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm at Forest Park in Portland, OR, to participate in the RUCK 22 2.2 mile walk/march and connect with fellow supporters to help raise awareness of veteran suicide! Bring your Ruck and add in your weight, at least 22lbs or more, representing the number of daily deaths of our brothers and sisters who did not make it. This is not a veterans issue. This is a community issue, and we need your presence, support, and your solidarity on Veterans Day!
Bring your ruck (backpack) and fill it with 22lbs. Non-perishable food is recommended for weight. We will collect the food upon completion and it will be donated to a Veteran focused organization.