Irreverent Warriors, a national group that aims to bring veterans together and improve mental health, held a walking tour in Knoxville on Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A group that brings veterans together through humor and camaraderie to stop suicide held a walking tour in Knoxville on Saturday.
Disrespectful warriorsThe group that organized the event said the event was not about awareness, it was about prevention. The organizers said attendees should make connections and connections during the event which can then develop into a support network.
The hike was for veterans, active service providers, members of the National Guard, and reservists only.
“Veterans act differently than most in the face of tragedy or adversity, as they use humor and camaraderie as a coping mechanism more than anything else,” the organizers say.
According to organizers, civilians could meet the group for initial celebrations and at specific locations along their route. They were also asked not to hike with veterans.
Veterans gathered at Suttree Landing Park in downtown Knoxville at 8 a.m. and the event lasted until 5 p.m. Officials also said they would go to public places like bars during the event and encouraged veterans to leave guns at home.
The event was part of a series of treks across the United States designed to bring veterans together so they can support one another with trauma and mental health problems.
Disrespectful warriors accepts donations onlineto support their mission of bringing veterans together.