2016 marks another of success for Active Heroes and its gym/box partners as it held it’s second year of the WOD to End Veteran Suicide.
This August, the WOD TO End Veterans Suicide raised over $30,000 with participants in over 60 gyms/boxes across the country.
This event really encompasses what Active Heroes believes in, getting our veterans and military active. The WOD consists of gyms/boxes holding a workout of 22 exercises with 22 repetitions of each. At minute 22 of this workout, participants take a 2-minute moment of silence to honor those who have lost the battle to suicide.
Many veterans are triggered by everyday stresses in everyday life. Getting out and active is a way to not only escape reality for a bit, but working out has also been proven to be amazing for stress relief and Active Heroes works to embrace that through their events.
Not only this, Active Heroes hopes to use the WOD to End Veteran Suicide as a way to bring people together. There’s camaraderie in the military that is tough to find back at home. Through this workout Active Heroes hopes to establish that same camaraderie amongst participants.
Of course Active Heroes has one main goal, and that’s to reduce veteran suicide.
Pamela Sloan, a Team Leader for CrossFit Iron City told us, “I workout with the same 10 people every morning, we call ourselves the breakfast club, and I drug them head first into this. Three of the guys I work out with are vets and while we were sweating (and swearing) through our 22 we all said about the same thing: we need to get it [the number of veteran suicides] to 20 next year.”
Education and awareness are both key. Pam is just one of hundreds of Team Leaders for Active Heroes and was able to bring over 80 people to their box for this event, and now each person now knows the seriousness of veteran suicide.
“THIS is motivation to everyone to get those numbers down. It was really cool to watch everyone start to pitch in,” said Pam.
It takes everyone to fight something as serious as veteran suicide. Active Heroes will continue to hold the WOD to End Veteran Suicide for years to come in the hopes of reaching thousands more so that everyone knows one veteran suicide is one too many.