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Veterans raise awareness of military mental health with ‘Silkies Hike’ event

Military veterans and active duty members all came together for a special event on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of veteran suicide. A group of Irreverent Warriors veterans organized the “Silkies Hike” which is an event named after after the silk shorts that service members wear under their camouflage uniforms. More than 120 veterans walked several miles through Greensboro to support those who may be struggling with mental health issues. “From the outside it looks weird, you know, when you’re walking down the silk street, what’s so crazy about it? But you come and you get into the element and you feel the camaraderie and the humor unfold and its life-changing impact,” said Irreverent Warriors band member Chris Kirwan.

Military veterans and active duty members all came together at a special event on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of veteran suicide.

A group of Irreverent Warriors veterans organized the “Silkies Hike”, an event named after the silk shorts service members wear under their camouflage uniforms.

More than 120 veterans walked several miles through Greensboro to support those who may be struggling with mental health issues.

“From the outside it looks weird, you know, when you’re walking down the silk street, what’s so crazy about it? But you come and you get into the element and you feel the camaraderie and the humor unfold and its life-changing impact,” said Irreverent Warriors band member Chris Kirwan.