Operation Ruck 22 aims to raise awareness about veteran suicides

MADISON, Wis. — An event aiming to raise awareness about veteran suicides is taking place in Madison this weekend.

The seventh-annual Operation Ruck 22 will see participants march 18 kilometers to symbolize the 18 veterans who die by suicide each day, Timothy La Sage, the military and veterans inclusion lead at WPS Health Solutions, said.

While the number of veterans dying by suicide has decreased, La Sage said it is still too high.

“I can’t express enough how important an endeavor like Operation Ruck 22 is because the absolute epidemic of veteran suicide isn’t going away,” he said. “Whether the numbers change a little bit or whether some states report on it or not, it’s still way too many because one is too many.”

WPS Health Solutions is hosting one stop along the route.

Money raised from the event will go to groups helping veterans in need in the area.

To learn more about the event, click here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues or considering suicide, there are resources available to help. Calling 988 nationwide will connect you to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. In Dane County, Journey Mental Health Center has a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline at 608-280-2600.