The horrors of war is all too real for Vietnam veteran Dave Logouz
“Being in combat is something that you never forget,” Logouz said.
Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is something that’s common among veterans. Those invisible wounds of war can have an ever-lasting effect on their lives.
“I had friends that committed suicide,” Logouz said. “I myself have PTSD but I work with a counselor.”
According to the Department of Veterans affairs, 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year. That’s about 22 veterans a day.
Detective Kylan Klauzer of the Dickinson Police Department and other police officers have been posting videos on facebook to spread the message of the battle veterans deal with on a daily basis.
The 22 day pushup challenge has been spreading fast in hopes to bring awareness to mental health among veterans.
“That’s what it’s all about for us is spreading the message,” Det. Klauzer said.
Detective Klauzer says he hopes the challenge can continue to grow, similar to the Ice bucket challenge.
“Hopefully, it gets to that point, where it continues to spread and we get that sort of attention for these guys,” Klauzer said. “It’s eye-opening and we want to do what we can with that.”
Detective Klauzer said the police department’s videos have garnered 2,000 views per post on social media.
He said if half of those people can learn about veterans dealing with PTSD, it can help bring forth resolutions to the issue.
Logouz says he hopes the 22 day pushup challenge can help bring attention to a very important problems veterans across the country face.
The #22Pushup challenge was started by the veteran empowerment group “Honor Courage Commitment”. The group’s 22KILL movement works to build a community of support for veterans and to raise awareness for those struggling with mental health issues.