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Hike aims to raise awareness of veterans lost to suicide

Posted 4/6/22

WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Veterans Service Agency will host a 22-kilometer hike to raise awareness about veteran suicide. This year’s hike, the second annual, will take place on Saturday, …

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Hike aims to raise awareness of veterans lost to suicide

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WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Veterans Service Agency will host a 22-kilometer hike to raise awareness about veteran suicide.

This year’s hike, the second annual, will take place on Saturday, April 30, along a route that departs from the WAVEM Memorial in Wampsville, through Oneida and Canastota, and ends back at the memorial.

The staff of Madison County Veterans Service Agency completed the inaugural hike in 2021, but this year anyone willing and physically able to hike is welcome to hike regardless of veteran status.  

Organizers say the number 22 represents the number of veterans that take their own lives daily.

Although that number has decreased in recent years, the fact remains that even one veteran lost to suicide is one too many, organizers added.  

The Madison County Veterans Service Agency 22KM Awareness Hike is also held to honor all of the service members currently deployed around the world.

Currently, there are over 500,000 military members deployed to 14 other countries, organizers said, adding the hike is also geared to help better acquaint the public with the agency and the services it offers. 

As the name implies, the hike will be 22 kilometers in total, organizers said.

Those interested in participating in the 2022 MCVSA 22KM Awareness Hike can register free of charge on Saturday, April 30, at 8 a.m. in the Madison County Office Complex parking lot, 138 N. Court St.

The hike will begin at 9 a.m. from the Madison County WAVEM Memorial at the county complex. Participants are not required to complete the entire 22 kilometers of the hike and are free to complete as much or as little of the hike as they desire. For more information on the event, call 315-366-2395.

Veterans in crisis or those who are concerned about one, are advised that help is just a phone call away, organizers said. The Veterans Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255. More information about the Madison County Veterans Service Agency is also available online at https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/169/Veterans-Service-Agency.

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