The challenge is part of a campaign to bring awareness to veteran suicide
A Quantico-based Marine is challenging the Commander in Chief to drop and give 22 push-ups.
This is part of a social media campaign launched by veteran support group #22KILL. The effort, with a deliberately provocative name, wants to bring awareness to the fact that an average of 18-22 American veterans commit suicide each day, according to a Department of Veteran Affairs report.
The online campaign encourages people to post a video completing 22 push-ups before challenging a friend to do the same.
Michael Matsui, who says on his Facebook page that he served as a suicide prevention representative for his unit, challenged President Obama March 19 to complete a challenge, and Matsui’s video already has over 50 shares on Facebook.
“Therefore I am challenging you, Barack Obama, to post a video urging veterans to seek help and go to others when they are feeling like they are down in a hole….oh and drop and give me 22 for the 22 veterans that commit suicide daily,” Matsui wrote in his post.
“I have personally lost a friend to suicide last year actually, and it’s definitely a personal issue for myself, and it’s something I really want to address to everybody else,” Matsui said.
Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 and has been committed to researching and understanding the veteran suicide epidemic as well as educating the general public on the issue.
The movement focuses on veteran empowerment with an emphasis on helping veterans transition out of the military, according its website.