Hike brings veterans together to prevent suicide

Posted at 5:05 PM, Aug 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-18 18:09:28-04

A group of Central Texas veterans walking through Waco may have had people doing a double take Saturday.

The more than 100 veterans hiked across Waco, wearing short shorts, which were called silkies when they were serving in the military.

Nonprofit organization Irreverent Warriors teamed up with a group in Waco to bring the "Silkies Hike" to Waco.

It's all about the comradery among veterans and doing their part to make sure they don't lose another veteran to suicide. 

"We get all of these veterans together and we get them out of that isolation that's so easy to fall in to, ya know, once you get out of the military. So when they come out to these it's the reason we wear the short shorts, it brings a smile to everyone's face and immediately lightens the mood," said Jesse James, President and CEO of Irreverent Warriors. 

The hike provides a place for veterans in our community to meet one another-- so if they're having a hard time, they can call someone who can help them. 

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