Bikers "Ride for 22" to raise awareness about veteran suicide

Posted at 10:01 PM, Apr 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-28 00:01:41-04

About 1,000 bikers revved their engines at the High Desert Harley Davidson in Meridian Saturday also in the mission to raise awareness for suicide.

The "Ride for 22" aims to promote awareness to the fact that 22 veterans die by suicide every single day.

The ride, now in it's fourth year continues to grow as bikers from all over the region and out of state came to participate including some local veterans clubs.

"It moves me to be honest with you the first time coming to this event three years ago seeing all the bikes just gave me goosebumps like wow this is amazing to see the community to show up and support this cause that a lot of people have no idea about," said Drew Miller, Payette Valley Doughboys: Combat Vets Association.

The "Ride for 22" brought out many emotions as veterans remembered some of their fellow soldiers who have fallen in battle and also back here at home because of suicide.

A big part of the mission behind the ride for 22 is to help out a local family who lost a loved one to suicide.