On August 21st, over 120 veteran hikers and dedicated volunteers gathered in Philadelphia to hike for the Irreverent Warrior cause - prevent Veteran suicide through connection, camaraderie, and humor.
VET 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. REDEEM yours using code 2021PHILLY.
The year's hike began in South Philadelphia in FDR Park, and then went on to wind through the largest neighborhood in South Philadelphia. The route took us right out to South Street, the most vibrant street in Philly. That's where we took the official hike photo outside Independence Hall and had lunch at The Plough and the Stars, a famous hotspot in South Philly.
After lunch and paying our respects at the Tun Tavern sign, we made our way back to our starting point at FDR park. The diversity of the hike route was fitting, since the military brings so many people from so many different backgrounds together. You wouldn't have noticed the differences that day though, because 120 hikers were too busy literally filling up entire Philadelphia streets as one unit.
The mission of every IW hike is the same – prevent veteran suicide by bringing vets together with humor and camaraderie. This hike was the perfect representation of that mission.
Outside of our own connections with each other, this hike was particularly fortunate to have a ton of local support and the chance to make great local connections, as well. For much of the day, the hike had a police escort who absolutely loved our mission. The entire police department was happy to help in any way they could.
Philly is a vibrant city that is always so alive. Seeing the way the hike interacted with the city as a whole was something special, and we're already counting the days to next year.
Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who provided generous donations, hosted us for stops along the hike, or were there with us at step-off to support the cause!
The Plough and the Stars
Jim's Steaks of South Street
JDog Junk Removal
Sponsors & Donors
This hike would not have been possible without our other amazing sponsors. You ready for this list?!
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 (seriously, did you redeem yours yet?? 2021PHILLY) to every hiker.
ACME Grocery - for hosting us for a water stop and, of course, the donation of multiple cases of water.
Who Made it Possible
Ryan White- Head Local Coordinator
Rachel Foraker- Photographer
Jennifer & Brian Budd
JOIN THE DEBAUCHERY
The tradition will continue with an even bigger and better hike in Philly next year. If you're looking to get involved, reach out via the IW- Philadelphia Facebook page, or reach out to lead coordinator Ryan White directly at email@example.com.
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.
One Shared MissionVET 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.
***Blog Photo Credit*** Most blog photos are pulled from the IW- Philadelphia Facebook Page and are contributed by hikers and attendees of the event that are happy to share their photos. Credit for the photos used here goes to Matt Johnson, Kelly Bryant, and Jaime Adams. If one of these photos is yours and you'd like individual credit, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can do so!