Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike Indianapolis, IN

On May 1st, over 120 Veterans gathered in Indianapolis, IN to hike for a cause. Veterans came together from all over the country for the ultimate mission - prevent Veteran suicide with humor, camaraderie, and connection.

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The Hike

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The hike incorporated some of the great military history in Indianapolis – including the Indiana World War Memorial, the USS Indianapolis, the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

The hike got to enjoy a classic mix of Indiana scenery along the way – from the beach, to downtown Indianapolis, to the state’s signature cornfields. Stops along the way had a dose of local flavor – hikers were more than welcomed by local breweries, distilleries, food trucks, and restaurants like Kilroy’s Bar & Grill and 16-Bit Bar & Arcade.

Highlights of the day were the Tug-O-War contest (an IW hike never misses the chance to be competitive) and the hotdog-mouth-catching-contest (patent pending). But the greatest highlight was watching connections happen between complete strangers – and watching nervous first-time hikers become a part of the family in a matter of hours.

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The Mission

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."

-Jane Howard


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The mission of every IW hike is the same – prevent Veteran suicide by bringing Vets together with humor and camaraderie. This hike was one non-stop funny, emotional, supportive moment.

There were new connections made, but also reunions we all got to witness. One new hiker reunited at check-in with a childhood friend - they grew up together, then each went their separate ways in the Service, and then reunited for the first time at the hike. Talk about chills. 

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Special Thanks

Huge shout out to a few local businesses that hosted us for stops along the way:

Kilroy's Bar & Grill - for the great atmosphere and great drinks & food

16-Bit Bar & Arcade  – for welcoming us with drinks and food specials.

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Also a huge thanks to a few local Veteran-owned businesses that had a huge role in making this hike such a success.

Hotel Tango - was setup with their famous Bloody Mary's at kick-off

Dappy Hay's Photo Booth - Their setup was an absolute blast during the after-party. Thanks for a great time, guys!

Gnomingo's Design Co  – donated two beautiful hand-crafted wavy wooden flags for our raffle. They were stunning.

Purple Beard Creation  – donated a handmade crocheted Irreverent Warriors blanket!

Matt Crowder @ Immersaf Media – donated his time and equipment to take some AMAZING photos of the hike completely free of charge. Thanks so much for your support, Matt! You can check out all of the photos he took of the hike here**ALL Photos on this blog bost are credited to Matt and his amazing photography talents!

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Sponsors

This hike would not have been possible without our amazing sponsors!

Veteran Television (VET Tv) - our National Presenting Sponsor this year who donated Free Silkies to giveaway at the hike, and handed out a free month of VET Tv to every hiker. VET Tv was set up with merch, stickers, and great conversation with hikers.

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Marine Foundation of Indiana

Concentra

IN-Women Marine Foundation

The Moon Family- in remembrance of CWO2 Jason Moon

Indy Paintball Battleground

Ed Martin Acura

AMVets Post 99

American Legion Post 276

Patterson Dental

Donors

A special thank you to the businesses and individuals who donated to our cause and helped make this hike so successful!

American Legion Post 522, American Legion Post 360 & AMVets 99 - all donated drinks & snacks for each of our rest stops along the hike.

Vape N More- donated over $500 in merchandise for raffles and auction items.

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Who Made it Possible

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Samantha Dula (Marine Corps)- Lead Coordinator      

Jason Black (Army) Media Guru

Stacy Boehm (Army National Guard)- American Legion Liasion 

Josh Porter (Marine Corps) Assistant Coordinator

Nicole York - Volunteer Coordinator

Shout-out to every member of this team that went above and beyond to make this hike a success. Everyone knew their unique strengths and ran with them – resulting in great sponsors, a smooth route, great media coverage, a hiccup-free hike day, great promotion and organization, and – above all else – a great team spirit.

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JOIN THE DEBAUCHERY 

Big things are happening for this hike next year! 

If you want to get involved, reach out via the IW I Facebook Page. We’re always looking to add extra hands to the team! Or reach out to lead coordinator Samantha Dula directly at 

If you're looking for more hikes to attend this year (we certainly wouldn't blame you) you can find events in your area on the Irreverent Warriors website.

97% of the proceeds we raise at Irreverent Warriors goes directly to our mission - prevent Veteran suicide through connection, camaraderie, and humor. We're not into spreading awareness - we're into making a difference.

 

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One Shared Mission

aVET Tv is the proud National Sponsor for Irreverent Warriors in 2021. In addition to a $25,000 donation matching initiative, every ticket to an IW Silkies Hike comes with a free month subscription to VET Tv. 

 

 

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***Blog Photo Credit*** The photos used in this blog are photos collected from those shared by hikers, coordinators, volunteers, and attendees of Silkies Hikes. If you'd like individual credit for a photo that shared, please reach out at info@veterantv.com so we can accredit it.

By The Team at VET Tv | May 22, 2021 | | 0 Comments

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