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Outreach Center plans rally to raise awareness of veteran suicides
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The North Georgia Veteran’s Outreach Center will host a rally Wednesday afternoon in the downtown Gainesville square to raise awareness about suicide among military veterans.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 22 vets commit suicide each day, or more than 8,000 a year.

The “22 is Too Many” rally is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m.

Chief Operating Officer Jerry Edwards said members of the Outreach Center, along with other local politicians, elected officials and other supporters, will stand in silent salute to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“We partnered with Marine Corps veteran Matthew O’Dell and his group #MI22ION, along with several other groups who have joined us in more than 17 states, to hold handmade signs that have the number 22 or other messages written on them as a silent reminder of the sacrifices that our heroes have made of their time, bodies, families, minds and, ultimately, their lives in defense of this country,” Edwards said.