Chris Cooper the Regional Leader of Mission 22 was on the last stent of his 24-hour walk to raise awareness of veteran mental health and to raise funds for the organization. He hosted the walk at O’Harra Stadium at SDSM&T.
Chris says he walked about 44 miles during the 24 hours and didn’t sleep, just took some breaks. He was joined by friends and local heroes like the fire department, police department and Sherriff’s’ Office. He mentioned that the community support has been overwhelming.
Chis adds that the walk raised about $2,000 which goes to therapy programs for the veterans.
Chis says, “The reason why I was doing this walk is because not to just raise awareness of PTSD and suicide with the veterans it is also to remember those we have lost already and those who are struggling to let them know, hey- it’s ok to not be ok and there’s people behind you – there are tons and tons of people there for you.”
The weather was somewhat cooperative he mentioned, with some rain and wind to deal with.
Chris adds, “If you feel like you need help, reach out for help, there’s a ton of people who care about you and love you and just do it, you’re worth it, your life is worth it. And if you know of somebody who is struggling- be there for them. Let them know you care, let them know you are there for them. And if you want to do more and help out, reach out to mission 22 and we’d love to have the help.”
If a veteran would like to benefit from a Mission 22 program or would like to volunteer or donate money, call Chris at 605-858-8482 or email at Chris@mission22.com. Click here for the Mission 22 website.