Buddy Check 22 connects veterans to provide support

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BY JEFF SMITH

Scottsbluff is taking part in a movement that aims to decrease the suicide rate of those who served in the Armed Forces.

A campaign called Buddy Check 22 is trying to change the outlook on life many veterans have and provide an outlet where they can talk to those who may have had similar experiences. Twenty-two is significant because it is the reported number of veterans who kill themselves everyday.

“Twenty-two is 22 too many, is what we say,” said Nathaniel Johnson, member of the Buddy Check 22 group and music and band director at Western Nebraska Community College.

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