Pushing for veteran suicide awareness

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Twenty-two veterans lose their lives to suicide each day – a heartbreaking statistic.
"It’s a tragedy that many people should take their lives," said Grand Junction Police Officer David Keech.

While there isn’t a national monument honoring the heroes who've lost their battle with post-traumatic stress and depression, there is a national movement.

"Just by pushing it, just by letting people see it, maybe people will think about it," said Keech.

Grand Junction Police Officer David Keech has committed the past three weeks to the movement. He has done 22 push-ups each day, for 22 days–one push-up for each veteran suicide.

"Twenty-two push-ups is pretty simple, although my arms are starting to feel a bit tighter, so that's good," said Keech.

He records his efforts each day, posting the videos on Facebook. The goal is to help remove the stigma around veteran suicide.

"They went and fought for their country. Come on country, let's take care of these guys and girls that went out and did their job for us," said Keech.

The VA Hospital said veteran suicide in Mesa County is below the national average, but in general, suicide within the county still occurs at alarming levels.

For Keech Thursday marks day 22, and he's looking for others to spread the message, starting their own 22 day challenge.

If you or someone you know is ever in crisis or contemplating suicide, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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