Stop Soldier Suicide Goes on the Road
The suicide rate for soldiers and veterans is at record highs, claiming more than one life every day in July 2012 for active-duty soldiers. In an effort to bring more awareness to this issue, the non-profit organization, Stop Soldier Suicide (SSS), is taking its message to the streets.
Brian Kinsella, the CEO and co-founder of SSS, will embark on a two-week cross-country motorcycle tour beginning September 28, 2012. His aim is to create new partnerships that will help bring free mental health care to US service members and veterans.
“We hope that this grass roots event will capture people’s attention so they can better understand this devastating problem,” says Kinsella, a former US Army Captain. “The brave men and women who volunteered to serve our country at war need to know that they come home to a civilian community with people they can talk to. At current, many veterans feel they can’t go to their military support programs or, when they do, the line to get help is too long. Our goal is simply to expand their options and make this already difficult process just a little easier.”During the journey, Kinsella will talk with soldiers, veterans, and senior military leaders at 12 military installations while spreading a word about military suicide prevention and existing civilian sources of aid for US troops.
The journey will cover 5,000 miles. “I am starting at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State and will end up riding through the Midwest and back through many southern states and Washington, DC, before finishing at the Times Square recruiting station in my home town in New York City,” he explains. “Our desire is for people to join the ride as I pass through towns. It will really show how much people care and support our brave veterans.” Supporters can track the journey by following Kinsella on Twitter as he provides daily updates and pictures @soldiersuicide.
Soldiers Ride For Life base visits and dates:
- Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington – Friday, Sep. 28th
- Fort Carson, Colorado – Monday, Oct. 1st
- Fort Riley, Kansas – Tuesday, Oct. 2nd
- Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – Tuesday, Oct. 2nd
- Fort Sill, Oklahoma – Wednesday, Oct. 3rd
- Fort Hood, Texas – Thursday, Oct. 4th
- Fort Polk, Louisiana – Friday, Oct. 5th
- Fort Benning, Georgia – Monday, Oct. 8th
- Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – Tuesday, Oct. 9th
- Fort Bragg, North Carolina – Tuesday, Oct. 9th
- Fort Lee, Virginia – Wednesday, Oct. 10th
- Pentagon / Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC – Thursday, October 11th
- Times Square Recruiting Station, New York, New York – Friday, October 12th