On August 21st, over 110 veteran hikers and dedicated volunteers gathered right outside San Jose 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 2021SANJOSE.
The hike took place in a quaint suburb right on the outskirts of San Jose called Los Gatos. We started at the Flame of Liberty and ended in front of the new Los Gatos Veteran Foundation memorial. Both the city of Los Gatos and the Veteran Organization have been so incredibly supportive of our hike.
Most of the hike route took us through Vasona Park and its great lake views and creek trail. Local favorite Garrett Station hosted us for our lunch stop and were nothing of fantastic hosts. Never wanting to pass up a chance for a little competition, hikers had fun with cornhole, a ladder toss, a pushup challenge, and a pullup challenge while enjoying lunch. The entire hike was so relaxed and had a great vibe.
“It was such a humbling experience to have led such an amazing event for Irreverent Warriors that is dear to my heart as a veteran, who has lost a sister a fellow veteran to suicide. I know the event saved lives, and I looking forward to doing it again."
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.
This was the first year for the San Jose hike, so there were tons of new connections and friendships made by veterans in the local area. There was also a few good doses of humor, like lead coordinator David Boston being asked to fill out a livestock COVID process form to host the hike (still not sure why), and encountering a rather excitable group of locals that were all set to be angry at us... until they realized we weren't protesting the election. But despite all of it, the good spirits of the hike never faltered.
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!
Willow Glen Auto Electric
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?? 2021SANJOSE) to every hiker.
Helen & Aaron Katske
Who Made it Possible
David Boston (USMC)- Lead Coordinator
Aaron Katske - Volunteer Coordinator
JOIN THE DEBAUCHERY
We're planning an even bigger and better hike in San Jose next year. If you're looking to get involved, reach out via the IW-San Jose Facebook page, or reach out to lead coordinator David Boston directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- San Jose Facebook Page and are contributed by hikers and attendees of the event that are happy to share their photos. If one of these photos is yours and you'd like individual credit, please reach out at email@example.com so we can do so!