The Fundraising Page of Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards

A Message From Rachel Edwards

I never knew that suicide would play such a huge role in my life until I was 24. Then my brother and father committed suicide within 3 weeks of eachother. My life then turned upside down and I couldn't seem to get to the surface, I was drowning in sorrow for my loved ones... Then slowly an ex boyfriend from high school reentered my life. At this time he was in the Army, and I a single mom of 3 young children. This man became the only person I could truly smile for, when we were together we didn't talk about the turmoil in our own lives. I didn't want to know his struggles of being deployed, or even think about him not coming home. I was blissfully ignorant... Years later, after 10 years in the Army with medical discharge in process , and a fresh divorce, he came to me for comfort. Not knowing too much about what he had been through I was there. I then realized that it didn't matter. He needed me and I am here. The transition from military life with 3 tours to the civilian world was not what it was supposed to be. I am here to let him know that he has a reason to fight every morning to get out of bed and face the demons. I have been here to take the gun out of his hands and hold him in my arms.
I am ever so grateful to the men and women who serve our country and give more than they have. I simply just want to give my love, attention, and time. Society is so consumed with what people are doing in the media without seeing what is really happening. 22 Veterans a day! By their own hand! This is a problem, and I want to be here to give my love and help bring awareness. Show love and honor, help out more than buying a meal. Give your time and heart.

The 22 in 22 National/World Challenge

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  • Jun 26, 2015 12:00 am

About This Campaign

It started in Delaware. Now they are challenging YOU to start your own 22 miles in 22 days state challenge. Sign up as your state and get others to follow suit. Run, walk, skip, hop, rollerblade, skateboard....just do 22 miles in 22 days. You choose when to start. Show pictures of your progress on FB and share on this campaign page. TOGETHER WE CAN HELP BRING AWARENESS TO THE 22+ VETERANS WHO TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES EACH DAY. And we can let them know we are here to help them out of the darkness. Use hashtags on Facebook and instagram: #22in22Challenge and #22adayis22toomany

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