#22KILL is a global movement created by veterans with a mission to:
Honor those who serve(d)
Raise awareness to veteran suicide prevention
Recruit Veteran Advocates aka “Battle Buddies”
Educate the public about current veteran-related topics and issues
Empower veterans through programs at Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. – a nonprofit focused on education, mentorship, and community service.
Veteran Advocates aka “Battle Buddies” wear the #22KILL Honor Ring™ – a black band worn on the right index finger symbolizing the “trigger finger”. By choosing to become part of Team #22KILL and wearing this ring, you are committed to:
Research and learn about your local veteran service organizations and what their missions and needs are
Focus on veteran strengths and challenge negative attitudes around veteran “issues”
Advocate for veterans in a positive light in any platform you have
Raise awareness to the issues of veteran suicide, and follow up with a positive solution through education and empowerment through programs offered from local nonprofits and veteran service organizations
Believing that veterans are America’s greatest asset learning to love them unconditionally
History of #22KILL:
Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day (VA 2012). HCC is committed to researching and understanding the genesis of this epidemic, and educating #22KILL’s Veteran Advocates on the issue. We understand that this statistic may not be completely accurate, but in the end even one suicide is one too many. HCC uses #22KILL as a platform to raise awareness not just towards veteran suicide, but also all of the issues that veterans face that can ultimately lead them to suicide; these issues include mental health, unemployment, and the challenges of transitioning out of the military. The solution here is to empower our veterans. #22KILL supports not only HCC’s veteran empowerment programs, but also other nonprofit organizations, and community events and projects.