A soldier carries a skeleton around New York to raise awareness about veteran suicide.

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Recently, Facebook user, Stacy Kieper, stumbled upon something peculiar. She spotted a tired looking soldier walking down the street with a skeleton in his arms. The skeleton was dressed in an army combat uniform along with beret on his head.

Feeling curious, Stacy asked the man why he was tirelessly walking around with a skeleton. She got an answer that left her speechless.

I asked what he was doing and he was holding back tears. He told me he is raising awareness. When I asked what for, he told me he lost another friend to suicide yesterday. His friend is a soldier too.” – Writes Stacy on Facebook


Stacy Kieper

Since Stacy posted the photo online, it has received thousands of likes, shares, and comments. A huge conversation has started about the rise of suicide among service members. Awareness is being raised on a massive scale.

“If you see this man walking in Troy, NY he has fought for our country. And is still fighting for his brothers and sisters. By far one of the most amazing & beautiful things I’ve ever seen.” – Writes Stacy on Facebook.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

Suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Veteran crisis line: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

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