Brave Hearts annual initiave hopes to raise veteran suicide awareness


IT’S SAID FREEDOM IS NOT FREE… IT COMES AT A COST. FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY…. THE UNIMAGINABLE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS THEY EXPERIENCE CAN LEAVE A LASTING MARK. ((MIMI)) A LOCAL NON-PROFIT SERVES VETERANS BY HAVING THEM SADDLE UP. THE GROUP IS WORKING TO BRING AN END TO A PROBLEM THAT IS PLAGUING VETS. KARINA PARADA JOINS US IN THE STUDIO WITH MORE. ((KARINA)) THAT’S RIGHT ERIC AND MIMI. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS… 20 VETERANS TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES EACH DAY. A STATELINE EQUINE ORGANIZATION TELLS ME IT WILL CONTINUE TO RIDE IT’S HORSES UNTIL THAT NUMBER BECOMES ZERO. BRAVE HEARTS FOR SUICIDE AWARENESS. THE EQUINE THERAPY GROUP STOPPED BY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL HALL TO DISCUSS TRAIL TO ZERO. THE EVENT IS THE ORGANIZATION’S ANNUAL HORSE BACK RIDE. Amber Eck/Veteran Services Director, Brave Hearts “Any opportunity that we can have to educate the public on Brave Hearts, Trail to Zero, services for better or giving back, we jump on it.” BRAVE HEARTS IS BASED OUT OF HARVARD AND POPLAR GROVE. BUT ALSO VISITS MAJOR AMERICAN CITIES TO START CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS PLAGUING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED. Amber Eck/Veteran Services Director, Brave Hearts “We will ride through the streets of New York City, Washington D.C. and this year we’re going to add Chicago. 20 miles to raise awareness.” 20 MILES TO REPRESENT THE 20 VETERANS WHO COMMIT SUICIDE EACH DAY IN THE U-S. Amber Eck/Veteran Services Director, Brave Hearts “That number is staggering to us. We feel like that’s a number that we can help stop.” Bill Mercurio/Vietnam Army veteran “Even if it’s just by one veteran per day, it’ll save us any number of wonderful men out there who need the support that they don’t get right now.” VIETNAM VETERAN BILL MERCURIO HAS GALLOPED WITH TRAIL TO ZERO SINCE IT’S CREATION IN 2017. Bill Mercurio/Vietnam Army veteran “We’re down on 42nd Street and Freedom Tower. We went through Central Park and the response from the people in New York was amazing.” BRAVE HEARTS WANTS TO BRING IT’S MISSION TO THE FOREFRONT OF AMERICANS’ MINDS. BELIEVING EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES COULD BE THE ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO HEALING. Bill Mercurio/Vietnam Army veteran “They should be rewarded for the efforts that they put in and be given the opportunity to not only survive but thrive.” ((KARINA)) BRAVE HEARTS SERVICES ARE COMPLETELY FREE TO VETERANS. IT’S TRAIL TO ZERO RIDE IN CHICAGO TAKES PLACE NEXT MONTH. MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE MY- STATELINE-DOT-COM. MIMI. ((MIMI)) AN ILLINOIS STATE TROOPER IS SHOT IN THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS OF CHICAGO. IT HAPPENED IN WHEELING AROUND 6-30 THIS EVENING. I-S-P SAYS OFFICERS

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