Washington Redskins honor "Walk of Life" participants on the field during Salute to Service game, presented by USAA.
The Washington Redskins honored the “Walk of Life”, a nonprofit effort to raise awareness for veteran suicide, participants on the field during the Salute to Service Game, presented by USAA.
Joseph Cox, Adam Lingo, and Russ Collins are combat veterans who walked from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, a total of about 2,700 miles, to raise awareness for veteran suicide. The three men lost friends in battle, but said the number lost to suicide matches that lost in combat. Joseph Cox added that a good friend of theirs surrendered to suicide on March 31 of this year.
According to statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 20 veterans commit suicide every day. The Walk of Life vets attribute this to a lack of support groups and the tough transition back into civilian life. Although their walk across America ended at FedexField on Nov. 12, they have created a non-profit called Brotherhood Bridge, which will help connect veterans to available services.
Cox, Lingo, and Collins were honored on the field during the game and were also invited to the USO-Metro Club where they were able to eat, drink, and mingle with their fellow service members before kick-off.