William Felty, CSUSM Student Veteran leads Battle Buddy Check-In, 22 Push-up Challenge for Suicide Prevention

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William Felty challenges others to participate in today’s 22 push-up event that brings awareness about the rate of suicides taking place with our Veteran population. Among those who participated in today’s challenge lead by Felty were Dr. Marshall Thomas, Director of Veteran Services from the State Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Geoffrey Gilmore, AVP Student Services, Moses Maddox, Veterans Retention Counselor in Student Affairs and Eric Shepard, CSUSM Student and Active US Marine.

by William Felty, CSUSM Student USMC Veteran

September 20th, Day 725

My name is William Felty, and I am a Post 9/11 Marine Corps Veteran. I have been doing 22 push-ups every day for 725 days consecutively in honor of the 20+ U.S. Military Veterans who take their own life every day which reminds me to be there for my fellow Vets and others in times of need. September is Suicide Awareness Month so I will be doing my 22 push-ups every day throughout the month of September and inviting others to do them (with me and/or on their own). Also, I will be posting these efforts on social media in order to bring awareness and change to the needs of those still suffering alone and in silence, to ask others to join us, to remind ourselves to be there for others in times of need and to open conversations around recovery and wellness.

“Our Push-ups are dedicated to the Student Veterans at Cal State San Marcos.”

Purpose of our Push-ups: Getting connected and staying connected with one another and nature, in order to bring awareness and change to the fact that on average, 20+ Veterans take their own life every day.

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For Vets, Military Service Members, and anyone looking for assistance for a Vet check -out the Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 OR https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

For non-military Service Members looking for assistance, check out the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 OR https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Wanna Help Out? Be there for someone else or others during their time of need, and then listen for how you can be of assistance if possible. That simple act of kindness can go a long way for someone suffering and struggling alone and in silence. Also, you can share our message with others by doing your own push-ups (alone or with others), record them, and share it with your network, and/or share this post to help us keep this message and our efforts alive using the hashtags: #BattleBuddies2018 #BeThere @csusm

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For more information or to forward this conversation, please check out our podcast and webpage titled “Conversations Around Veteran Suicide” via Your Oxygen Mask First (new episodes airing weekly throughout September): https://www.youroxygenmaskfirst.com/powerofastory-veteransu…

You can also check out our Facebook Page where we share our Battle Buddy Push-Up activity and resources for the Military & Veteran Community, titled: Reporting for Duty, Battle Buddies West.

To see today’s video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or3KjpdC3ow&feature=youtu.be

Yesterday’s video can be found at https://youtu.be/sfzD7mMTmpQ


CEHHS Communication Specialist II
Student Veteran Advisor
Marilyn Huerta
mhuerta@csusm.edu