This group wants to bring awareness to the issue of veteran suicide and self harm. You can find out more at their Facebook Page.
I ran into this group purely by accident. I was down in the Short North on the 10th of September, minding my own business – checking some camera settings when I heard one of hte loudest ruckus’ ever in my life. I look up to see this:
“Thank you for your Support! The men and women you see marching today have come together for a singular cause – to draw attention to the issue of veteran suicide and self-harm. We have all proudly served our country and wish to continue our service to each other by ensuring that every veteran has access to the help they need. If you’re a veteran and want to help out or join us, visit us at @22ohio on Facebook. If you, a friend, or a loved one needs help, reach out to Vet2vet, a veteran staffed suicide prevention hotline at (877) 838-2838 and check out their website at veteranscall.us”
I followed them for a while, down High Street, onto Goodale Street and into Goodale Park. There, they rested a minute.
Thick in the brotherhood, giving each other the support they had grown to depend on while in active service. Joking when left to their own devices, but also attentive, serious and caring when fellow veterans shared their stories of attempted suicide, self harm or struggles with re-adjusting to a non-combat zone.