Military Service Center to Join National Challenge to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide

September 9, 2019 | Events, News, UToday
By Bailey Sparks

The UToledo Military Service Center will host the 22 Push-Up Challenge Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Memorial Field House.

Campus and community members can stop by and do 22 push-ups — and learn more about the veteran suicide epidemic in the United States.

“We were looking for a way to raise awareness of veteran suicide on campus, and the 22 Push-Up Challenge model has seen great success in raising awareness across the country,” said Eric Buetikofer, UToledo director of military and veteran affairs.

Representatives from the UToledo Military Service Center, University Counseling Center, UToledo ROTC, the Army National Guard, the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission and the Toledo Vet Center will be at the event to provide information.

“We hope that the UToledo general student population will turn out on 9/11 to help our military-connected students raise awareness of veteran suicide and learn how they can be part of the solution,” Buetikofer said.

The 22 Push-Up Challenge started in 2013 when Veterans Affairs announced an average of 22 veterans committed suicide every day. The campaign was started to promote awareness of veteran suicide prevention.

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