On August 28th, over 200 veteran hikers and dedicated volunteers gathered in Raleigh, NC 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 2021RALEIGH.
The hike route kept us in downtown Raleigh for the duration - which was perfectly fine because it's got some of the best scenery in America (we're biased... but, it's also true.) One of the major highlights of this hike was the overwhelming community support - especially from bystanders and passerby that interacted with us all throughout the day.
We made a few stops along the way at some local staples that made the 'local flavor' of this hike even stronger. But the real magic of this day started Friday night at our meet and greet, where we got to enjoy some of the best BBQ in the state thanks to Prime BBQ, and enjoy some quality entertainment from some local standup comedians that had us in stitches. This meet and greet - especially with over 200 hikers in attendance - is truly something special. Already can't wait for next year!
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.
Even despite the summer North Carolina heat, the morale of the day couldn't have been higher. There was all the good old fashioned ribbing on each other like you'd expect - like when the Army v. Marines tug-o-war took a pretty great turn when the Army realized they could just let go all at once and drop the Marines in less than a second. It was hilarious to witness.
Another huge shoutout to Jen Merlo for following us the entire day and capturing some absolutely incredible photos so that every memory could be captured forever. You're the best, Jen!
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!
Operation Fly Our Flag
Mission First Realty
Sponsors & Donors
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?? 2021RALEIGH to every hiker.
Jen Merlo - for being an incredible photographer throughout the day and capturing so many memories!
Who Made it Possible
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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- RaleighFacebook Page and are contributed by hikers and attendees of the event that are happy to share their photos. These photos in particular - all credit goes to Jen Merlo our amazing photographer!