Derek Holden wrote -
In the wake of the tragedies that have shaken the world as of late, it is easy to find ourselves temporarily losing hope, feeling alienated, and worrying that we have no control over our lives. For many of our veterans, however, this feeling is all too familiar:
• One third of soldiers experience some degree of Post Traumatic Stress
• In the next 24 hours, an average of 18 veterans will commit suicide
• More active duty soldiers died by their own hand than in combat in 2012
The men of Sigma Nu at the University of California, Davis have made it their mission to raise awareness of these startling statistics and begin the journey of cutting them down. In an effort to show solidarity for the physical duress that soldiers endure as well as symbolize the long, difficult journey of returning home, fifteen brothers will embark on what will be their third annual trek along the John Muir trail in Northern California. Starting September 14th, these men will go “Trekking for Troops” over 100 miles in eleven days, culminating their journey by summiting Mount Whitney in honor of our forgotten veterans.
By teaming up with The Pathway Home, a center that focuses on providing resources and support for soldiers suffering from PTSD and other post-battle ailments, the brothers of Sigma Nu have dedicated their trek and the funds that it will raise to improving care for veterans in their own community. Each brother has pledged to raise $1,000 for the Pathway Home, and has also made it their personal goal to spread awareness of the struggles that our veterans face daily that often go unnoticed.