‘The mission of Irreverent Warriors is to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide.’

The NYC Silkies hike brought together 100+ veterans and active duty service members from all 5 branches of service to walk through the streets of NYC, with a route that covered roughly 22Km, with participants carrying 22Kg of weight along the way to commemorate the 22 service members that take their life each day. This is done in an effort to bring veterans and service members together while raising awareness to the issue of veteran suicide. The event was supported by multiple local businesses that provide food and drinks along the way as well as local law enforcement providing an escort along the event route.

The picture provided shows all the participants of the event at Time Square which was one of the many stops along the route throughout the day.