In the hopes of bringing attention to veterans’ suicide and help support those that might be struggling, an organization has started an event to make a difference.
Every day in the United States, nearly 20 veterans take their own life. For the Trail to Zero, Ride to End Veteran Suicide event, 20 veterans will mount 20 horses and ride for 20 miles to bring awareness to the issue.
However, according to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, that number is said to be closer to 17 a day. While the BraveHearts say that 20 veterans suicides a day are a more accurate number.
The organization will be hosting numerous events throughout the country. One will take place tomorrow in Lexington, Kentucky. Following that, the next one will be on October 11, in Bull Valley, Illinois.
On February 1, 2020, the Trail to Zero riders took to the streets of Houston, Texas. The ride started and ended at the Houston Livestock Rodeo. This was the first time the event was open for the public to attend.
To attend one of these events, an age, dress code, and paperwork concerning their horse are mandatory, among others.
BraveHearts for Veterans
According to Trail to Zero’s website, the program got its start in 2017 in New York City. After considerable growth and support, BraveHeart has been able to grow to host six locations for events. These locations include New York City, D.C., Chicago, Houston, Lexington, as well as Bull Valley.
“BraveHearts rides will bring the overwhelming statistic of 20 veterans committing suicide per day to the forefront of Americans’ minds while also helping to educate veterans and Americans about equine assisted services and the benefits that it has as an alternative approach to healing.”
In addition, to find out more information about the events or to donate to the cause, you can go to their website at trailtozero.org.