04 Jun '17, 2am

[email protected] vet to swim 220 miles between Pentagon, Naval Station Norfolk for suicide awareness

There are roughly 220 miles of water between the Pentagon and Naval Air Station Norfolk and that number reminds Bobby Powell of a statistic he heard that haunts him. “The information came out several years ago that on average, 22 vets a day kill themselves,” Powell said, speaking by phone from his office in Alexandria. “One a year is too many, but 22 a day—that number is phenomenal. I’m no doctor myself, but it just seems to reason that more things can be done [to prevent that].” What Powell can do is swim. So he decided to embark on a 220-mile swim to raise awareness of the issue. On June 3, he’ll climb into the Potomac River at the Pentagon Lagoon basin and, if all goes well, he’ll end up at Naval Air Station Norfolk 15 days later. The Fitch Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans integrate into civilian life, is supporting his effort. Powell, 52, retired i...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/veteran-to-swim-fro...

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