2000 Veterans in Short Shorts to Hike in California
by Special Guest
This article first appeared in The Havok Journal October 5, 2018. It is republished as social isolation continues to be a significant issue among the Veteran Community.
Social isolation is a growing epidemic particularly in the Veteran Community — one that’s increasingly recognized as having substantial physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent and that’s not just in the Veteran community. Most of us know what it is like to be lonely in a room full of people. Being surrounded by people whom have never endured what you’ve been through, want to empathize with you or can understand your humor. With that, there are two specific organizations we want to highlight that actively stand ready to help, Irreverent Warriors and Triple B Adventures. Together, they are hosting the World’s Largest Silkie Hike to date, taking place tomorrow (Oct. 6) in Oceanside, California.
So picture this, two thousand Veterans will take the streets for the Silkies Hike Oceanside at 8am in the city of Oceanside in
Alamosa Park to benefit the nonprofits, Irreverent Warriors and Triple B Adventures, wearing nothing more than Silkies, short shorts made famous by the United States Marines, to PREVENT veteran suicide and reduce the effects of PTSD.
2000 semi-naked Veterans hiking in Silkies in CALIFORNIA? Sign yourself up here!
This is a continuing series of events throughout the United States, benefiting Irreverent Warriors, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 47-4789126) whose mission is to: Bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to heal the mental wounds of war, through therapeutic events and entertainment, in order to reduce PTSD and prevent veteran suicide
Triple B Adventures, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 81-5266186) was created with the purpose of reconnecting veterans with their brothers and sisters. Through outdoor adventures, we give veterans a sense of belonging they may have lost since transitioning out of the military.
“Brotherhood and bonding is just as important when you leave the military if not more than the brotherhood you had while in. Seek out other veterans and you will find that you are not alone. It hard to adapt to a different culture, but some older bucks can make a different in your life. And if you can’t find anyone to hang out with, you can always join us,” stated by Triple B Adventures on their facebook page. All you have to do is show up in Oceanside tomorrow! If we were in California, you can bet your short shorts that we’d be there! (Sign up here.)
Participants will hike 13 miles, while carrying roughly 50 lbs on their backs to while bonding with fellow service members to help combat the epidemic of veteran suicide plaguing our country.
So, here are the details if that was too long and you didn’t want to read it all:
What: The Silkies Hike Oceanside
Who: Veterans from all over the country
When: October 6th 8am (time subject to change)
Where: Alamosa Park, Oceanside, CA
Mission: To raise awareness on post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention, and how to effectively
help prevent veteran suicide. Support and spread Irreverent Warriors’ bottom line: “put the gun back on safe, put it back on the nightstand, and stick around a bit longer.”