AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Too many people at risk for suicide do not seek help- especially Veterans. We need to find better ways to reach those who suffer, and encourage schools, workplaces, and communities to make mental health a priority. And the VA alone is NOT the answer. And RUCK UP has answered that call - to date being the most involved and outspoken of any Veteran's Organization to do so; fielding Teams to Walk, and raising more than $200,000 dollars in the fight against Suicide. As a Veteran's organization, we know too well the number 22. 22 that’s how many veterans take their own lives each day, according to the VA. Multiply that number by the simple days in a year, 365, and the total is OVER 8,020. More than 1/5th of the Nation's annual suicide deaths- Men and Woman who survived War and the worst that the military could throw at them, DIE BY THEIR OWN HANDS HERE IN AMERICA. And many sources have agreed, the VA's quoted number does NOT include all active services losses, or Veterans lost to substance, that the VA doesn't consider suicidal. That number is unreal- and terrifying. That number is also GREATER in one year than the combined losses from all branches of the military combined since 9/11. The struggle with suicide is very real. Most of us have faced suicide, or lost fellow Veterans or family to suicide- WE ARE LOSING THE WAR AT HOME. That’s why theses walks are so important. We need to raise awareness and get people the help they need. Our veterans have already sacrificed so much for our great country. Since our opening in 2010, RUCK UP has fielded a team of Veterans, (most of us disabled, but still recognizing the NEED for our help) to Walk in Communities and at the East Coast Walk hosted by AFSP each year in a major American City. We started with 4 of us willing to say, no more,..."NOT TODAY" in NY City in 2010, this year, we were 46.