Auburn University & University of Alabama Start the Iron Bowl Ruck March

To Raise Awareness About Veteran Suicides

Statistics show every day, 22 veterans take their own life.

So, these brave men and women will brace the cold and rain to raise awareness about this alarming statistic.

“Most of us already did our time, now we are trying to give back and raise awareness for a great cause,” said Daniel Robinson, Former President of Auburn Student Veterans Association.

Student veterans from Auburn University and the University of Alabama came together to start the Iron Bowl Ruck March.

“The Iron Bowl is the biggest game in Alabama and why not bring the two schools to do something fun like this,” said Kyle Venable, President Auburn Student Veterans Association.

Starting Wednesday morning, they begin their 150 mile journey from Jordan Hare stadium, ending right before the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa.

The group is also carrying a 22 pound ruck sack to coincide with the 22 Suicide Campaign.

“It’s going to be tough. Physically, mentally and emotionally. But, we’ve been through the struggles and they’re are currently members going through that and we want to preach, it’s ok to ask questions, let your friends and family know and when we see people down the road, walking with flags, packs on our back, they might start asking questions and seek help,” said Robinson.

With the support from both communities they filled their ruck sacks with items to also donate to the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City.

Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins also was their this morning to send off those making the trek.

“This is our way of raising awareness and showing it. If someone stops on the side of the road, we want to educate them on how to help a veteran in need,” said Kody Pemberton, President of the University of Alabama Veterans Association.

Another way our local veterans are raising awareness to a sorrowing issue that deeply affects their fellow comrades.

For more information on their trek email Shane Dorrill at shane.dorrill@ua.edu

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