ROCK SPRINGS – Almost everyday we hear of combat soldiers taking their own lives as they struggle to fit back into society after serving. On Tuesday, a local group spoke to the Rock Springs City Council about an upcoming event to help these soldiers.
Rock Springs company Aqualified is hosting a walk, skate, ride or run to raise awareness and donations to stop soldier suicide. Robyn Weller explained to the council the organization is dedicated to getting veterans the assistance they need.
Almost 22 veterans take their lives every day. Weller said everyone knows someone who has gone through this tragedy including herself.
In many cases, soldiers struggling with the transition often goes undetected until it is too late. Weller said soldiers fight this “invisible battle” on a daily basis without anyone knowing the desperation they feel. She urged everyone to spend a couple hours and walk a mile or two for the soldiers.
Weller said it is for a great cause and with a costume contest and raffle, it is an event for the whole family.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 26, at 1508 Elk Street. It is $1 to join but donations of all amounts will be accepted. There will be free t-shirt for the first 100 to arrive.
Also to help raise funds for the cause, there will be a raffle with prizes, a hot dog lunch and a prize will be awarded for most patriotically dressed person in age groups from 1-10, 10-15, 15-20 and adult.
“They fought for us, we can walk for them,” she said.
Aqualified will also be matching donations up to $1,500.
If your business is interested in sponsoring or donating a prize for the raffle, please contact Robyn Weller at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (307) 757-7851.