Veteran Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk to Honor, Help and Provide Resources

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The Heroes Silkies 5K Walk for Veteran Suicide Prevention and Awareness returns to Spokane Valley.

Heroes Homestead started this event in 2019 to honor, help and provide resources to vets in our area. COVID has canceled the event for the past two years.

Veteran suicides have skyrocketed during the pandemic.

This event is an opportunity for veterans’ family members and veterans themselves to move into the next stage of life after returning from military service.

“I went through a really tough time about 7 years ago, and it was true. I couldn’t ask for help. I didn’t know how to ask for help. showed up at my house with a beer and said, “Hey, I’m going to drink this in my car or you can drink it with me. I invited him. He was the only person I let in.” home during this time and it changed everything for us,” Andrew Holstine, one of the event organizers, told us.

He and his wife, Danielle Holstine, say they can’t show up on everyone’s doorstep right now, but it’s their effort to connect with those same people.

There will be tips available, but also free food, drinks, raffles, bouncy houses, and more. They say this totally free event will be a party! You can register here.

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