• Local veterans were joined by other citizens during last year’s 22 Hump to raise awareness of the high number of U.S. military veteran suicide in America.
    Local veterans were joined by other citizens during last year’s 22 Hump to raise awareness of the high number of U.S. military veteran suicide in America.

'22 Hump' march set to bring awareness to veteran suicide

    Murphy – The annual “22 Hump” will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, when citizens walk to honor veterans who have committed suicide after returning home from service.
    “This mission is to bring awareness to the ugly statistic of 22 veterans taking their own lives daily in our country,” said Dan Miller, a Marine veteran who helped organize the event.
    The event has more than 20 sponsors. The proceeds will help establish a scholarship for a select veteran to pursue a degree in post-traumatic stress disorder counseling.
    “Come out and support this event,” Miller said on Facebook. “Walk 1 mile, or 22. If you have a family member who is serving our country or are a veteran, this event should strike a chord.”
    The march will begin at the public parking lot adjacent to the Warrior Veterans Outreach center in the basement of The Daily Grind & Wine downtown.
    The walk will go along U.S. 74 to the landfill in Marble and turn back to the starting point.