Whitney High School students greet veterans and first responders from “No Vet Alone”

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There are an average of 20 suicides each day among those suffering from PTSD.

That’s according to the VA which says more than 20% of active and retired military have some form of the disorder.

That’s where “No Vet Alone” comes in.

The non profit focuses on suicide prevention among veterans and Friday were welcomed by the entire Whitney High School student body, as members make their way from Georgetown to Arlington on bikes.

“It is rewarding, when I came back from Somalia we didn’t have the parade that we have now, we didn’t have the acknoledgement so to me, this is a homecoming for me coming back from there. I dig this stuff, it truly means a lot to me to see the flags waving, the kids are excited,” said Carlos Alberto Vera, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.

With posters and flags in hand, every student stood outside their school Friday afternoon greeting veterans and first responders.

“It’s important to honor these veterans because they sacrificed so much for us and this is the least we can do for them,” said Noelia Delgado, Senior at Whitney High School.

After getting greeted, members of No Vet Alone were served lunch.

“I just want to thank you for your service, thank you for sacrificing time with your family and just your own time really because that’s the biggest sacrifice is your own time,” said Jaden Solis, Senior at Whitney High School.

No Vet Alone empowers veterans through group activities to give American Heroes the life they deserve.

“The purpose of that is to get us, veterans with PTSD, law enforcement with PTSD, we don’t like to leave the house, our houses, our safe place, so it forces us to have to travel outside, so we push that envelope,” said Vera.

Encouraging others to bring that awareness to their city.

“I work for an organization called Air Force Wounded Warrior and we are stationed all across the globe and we are hoping to bring organizations similar to this to the Barksdale area which is where I live at in Louisiana,” said Selina Lyle, U.S. Air Force Veteran.

Once those veterans finish out their “Ride for Life” 250-mile journey to Arlington, they are going to tour the AT&T stadium.
 

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