Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue does the ’22 Push-Up Challenge’ in support of veterans

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The Ice Bucket Challenge was a huge success in 2015, but now there is a new challenge, and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue has already taken it on.

This year’s challenge is called the 22 Push-Up Challenge, and while it involves doing 22 push-ups instead of pouring a bucket of ice over your head, its goal is just as important.

The 22 Push-Up Challenge was created by the organization 22KILL in order to raise awareness of the large number of veterans committing suicide every year as well as veterans who suffer from PTSD.

According to CBS News, it was estimated in 2012 that 22 veterans committed suicide each day — that means 7,400 veterans took their own lives in a year. However, the most recent study has adjusted this number to 20 per day.

While the statistic has gone down, the organization hopes to raise awareness until that number reaches zero.

What makes this challenge different from the Ice Bucket Challenge is that it does not aim to raise money but simply aims to raise awareness of the epidemic.

In order to participate in the challenge, you must document yourself performing 22 push-ups for 22 days straight.

Check out Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue’s challenge video here:

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