Online Originals: Veteran speaks out about suicide awareness and supporting community efforts

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POLLOCKSVILLE, NC (WNCT) – David Hamill is an Army veteran and knows firsthand the difficult transition many veterans have after active service.

He is organizing an event called “Paddles with battles”. This is to help raise awareness of issues that the general public might not be aware of. The event will take place on August 22 in Pollocksville. Until then, Hamill is fundraising for organizations like the American Legion Post and Whole Vet.

The money will be returned on the day of the event. There will also be vendors at the event, showcasing veteran local businesses. Hamill said he hoped it would help the general public understand what they were going through when they returned home.

We all wake up every morning with a flag on our shoulders, and we know what our goal is. But when we get home, this mission is flawed.

David Hamill, event planner

Hamill said there will also be anonymous mental health resources that are different from veterans affairs. Learn more about the event with Army veteran and organizer David Hamill in the video below.

Paddles with battles:

August 22, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Pollocksville Wildlife Boat Ramp

Kayak River Run at 2:22 p.m.

Organizing partners – American Legion Post 539, Whole Vet and Trent Bridge Development

Supplier registration: American Legion Post 539: Paddle with Battles Vendor Register

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