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March for the 22 Yesterday over 22 Veterans were lost to Suicide

NAMI PA, Bucks County in partnership with the March for 22 group held the first “March for the 22” event on the grounds of the Doylestown Courthouse on October 22, 2017. The event was to bring awareness to the tragic loss to suicide of 22 United States Military veterans every day.  Twenty two men and women marched 22 kilometers carrying standard military rucksacks each weighing 22 pounds from Washington Crossing National Cemetery to the Doylestown Courthouse.  This event was a combined effort of NAMI of Bucks County, active duty military veterans, community leaders and citizens of Bucks County.  We would especially like to  thank our Bucks County Commissioners Charles  Martin,  Robert Loughery, and Diane Ellis-Marseglia for their support, and leadership of our first annual March for the 22 event. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick for taking the time to send off our Marchers at 6:30am with his inspirational  words, and letting us know that we will be a voice on that Sunday for all  Veterans, and families  who struggle every day in our community.   Photos by Kim Billingsley of Kim Billingsley Photography Doylestown PA.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick Speaking before the kickoff

Video of beginning of the March

Additional Video

  • Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Ed Lopez

YESTERDAY 22 VETERANS WERE LOST TO SUICIDE

That makes the war at home more dangerous than all of our combat missions around the world combined.  Help us end the stigma surrounding PTSD.   You can make the difference.  

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Bucks County

Welcomes you to a Free Community Awareness Event, March for the 22.

Join us for an exciting afternoon of:

*snacks, refreshments, music, military vehicles and special guest speakers.

Greet the 22 men and women marching that morning 22 Kilometers with 22-pound backpacks from Washington Crossing National Cemetery to the Bucks County Courthouse Memorial Courtyard.

 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bucks County Courthouse Memorial Courtyard,

55 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901

12:00pm to 3:30pm

 

Community is the ultimate weapon in the war against PTSD

and combatting veteran suicide.  End the silence and save our veterans.

 

For more Information or to donate contact Ed Lopez – elopez@opt4group.com

*first come first serve

 

If you are interested in making a donation, please send checks made payable to NAMI of PA, Bucks County Chapter at 600 Louis Drive, Suite 106, Warminster, PA  18974 or donate online below.  

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