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Local marine trying to stop veteran suicides through non profit

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide. A Boise man is trying to h...

Posted: Jan 2, 2018 10:57 AM
Updated: Jan 2, 2018 10:57 AM

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide. A Boise man is trying to help bring awareness to this disturbing trend. Last year after losing a friend he started "Ride 22" to further his cause.

December 28th he ended up taking his own life," Steven Excen said.

Excen is talking about his close friend Brandon.

The two grew up together in Roseburg Oregon and chose the same path in life.

"Both of us were marines, and when a marine dies, it takes away your soul. So he took away a piece of my soul," Excen said.

After Brandon's death, Excen just wondered why, and how he could help.

What started off as a motorcycle ride in memory of his friend ended up turning into something bigger. With community help, he started a nonprofit called "Ride 22". The money raised goes directly to families of survivors and educates the public about veteran suicide.

He understands the pressures many veterans face when adapting to civilian life.

"Probably one of the hardest transition is coming back from combat," He added.

Although "Ride 22" is barely a year old the cause has raised thousands of dollars, and he won't ever forget how he changed one woman's life who lost her husband a year ago.

"A lot of people don't understand that survivor guilt is huge," Excen said. "and she reached out to me and said that she was done and I was able to get her the resources that she needed."

Exceen is not stopping with "Ride 22" the latest project is a nonemergency 911 call line for distress veterans.

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