Suicide Prevention Initiative

YOU can help us make a dent in the tragic statistic of 22 veteran suicides a day that happen throughout our nation.

Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is a major factor in veteran suicides.  There are many forms of assistance for PTS, whether it be counseling, group activities, service animals or just being in the right place at the right time. Look at how we are fighting to end veteran suicide.

There are already organizations that are providing their services for mental health to veterans and their families. Using a vetting process to identify credible sources, Florida programs are invited to join us by coming together to better serve our veteran community. Organizations will need a track record working with veterans, have result-based references and values that align with our mission.

PROJECT: VetRelief will not only establish a statewide network but also provide financial support to our strategic partners by sponsoring veterans through their existing programs or allowing them to expand their services.




Through various Challenge 22 events, PROJECT: VetRelief’s goal is to raise awareness on the staggering statistic on veteran suicide. Whether it’s a ruck walk, educational seminar, or speaking engagement, there’s no shortage of opportunities to alert our communities on the importance of mental health within our veteran communities and understanding the severity of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).


March 26

Challenge 22 Event & Walk – Jacksonville Beach, FL 

Sponsorships: Contact Jim Wineland at

Come out to Jacksonville Beach join Ocean Beaches American Legion Post 129 and our community for a walk, party, and a day of camaraderie to help End Veteran Suicides

The goal is to have a great time while raising awareness of a tragic epidemic of 22 suicides per day due to PTSD while helping us fund solutions that are working. We are asking everyone to register to walk for $22 to honor the 22 lives that are taken every day due to veteran suicide.

Registration & sign-in will begin at 9:00 am. The opening ceremony will start at 10:30 am, followed by a 2.2-mile walk on the beach. The walk will start at the Pavilion Lawn and will walk south on the beach to Oceanfront Park and back. 

Immediately after the walk, we will have a day of fun, with music, food, vendors, guest speakers, and so much more. More activities and fun will be had at American Legion Post 129 after the event. 

Registration – $22

Registration w/ Official T-Shirt – $35



April 25 – April 29

In-State Unity Ride / RallyEntire state of Florida
Host: Florida American Legion Riders

The Florida American Legion Riders will join forces for the In-State Unity Ride to travel the entire state of Florida to raise awareness and collect donations to end veteran suicide.

There will be two routes: Gulf and Atlantic. Both routes will start from Lake City, FL which will include a Meet & Greet on Sunday, April 24th. The ride will officially begin the next day (April 25th). Riders will stop at American Legion Posts along the way collecting donations. During the last day, both routes will team up to ride together and end in Tampa, FL.

Join or donate: