​Veteran Hike

Event Sponsor: 
​Irreverent Warriors
Event Date: 
Aug 24 2019 - 7:00am to 7:00pm
Event Area: 
Capitol Complex
Event Location: 
WW II Memorial Plaza
Event Type: 
Public Event
Expected Attendance: 
101 - 500
Add'l Information: 
​Web Page With Event Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2331937870398379/ . On 8/24/2019 veterans and active duty service members will take to the streets of Des Moines for a 22km Silkies Hike wearing nothing more than Silkies/Ranger Panties (short shorts or any version of shorts), boots, and a 22kg ruck representing the 22 veteran suicides that occur daily. Many have experienced the devastation of losing a battle buddy or family member to suicide first hand and are extremely passionate about this mission and feel that an area so dedicated to the military NEEDED an event that sought more than simply suicide awareness, but PREVENTION.   This is a continuing series of events throughout the United States, benefiting Irreverent Warriors, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 47-4789126) whose mission is to bring warriors together using unconventional therapy with humor and camaraderie to heal the mental wounds of war through therapeutic events in order to reduce PTSD and PREVENT military suicide. Participants will hike 22K (approx. 14 miles), while carrying 22kg (close to 50 pound for whoever enjoys the weight; however, is not required) on their backs for the 22 U.S. veterans/service members who take their lives every day. We INVITE warriors of all branches and ranks – Veteran, Active Duty, Reservist, and National Guard to join us for the step off, hike, and after party! (Time/Location TBD) We ASK family members, friends, and the community to join us at the stops and/or after party Also….feel free to cheer and/or honk if you pass the hike