A team of veterans and active duty military members aim to summit Mount Everest to raise awareness of veterans’ issues, reports ABC Action News.
The objective of the mission is to heighten awareness to issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and veteran suicides.
22 veterans and one active duty soldier commit suicide every day.
Team USX will raise awareness not only through the climb, but also by remembering veterans who committed suicide at each base camp. Their journey will be documented by a film crew.
The team includes Staff Sergeant Chad Jukes, who will climb with a prosthetic leg. If he succeeds in summiting the world’s tallest mountain, he will be the first combat-injured veteran to stand on top of Mount Everest.
If all goes according to plan, Jukes will break that record and summit Mount Everest with the rest of his team on Memorial Day.
To find out more about Team USX, visit their website.