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350 mile fundraising ride to support veteran mental health to end Tuesday in Jacksonville

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(Photo: Hope for the Warriors)
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Jake Welch began the ride at the Hope for the Warriors Headquarters building in Springfield, VA, and after four days of pedaling it will end at the organization’s mental health clinic, the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Jacksonville.

A Virginia veteran embarked on a 350 mile ride on Veterans Day that will end on Tuesday in Jacksonville to support veteran mental health.

Jake Welch began the ride at the Hope for the Warriors Headquarters building in Springfield, VA, and after four days of pedaling it will end at the organization’s mental health clinic, the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, in Jacksonville.

A 2013 VA study showed that, statistically, around 22 veterans took their own lives per day. According to some sources, a life would be lost every 72-65 minutes on average, or 7,300 to 8,030 lives a year.

All of the funds raised by the ride will go to Hope for the Warriors charity, which provides many resources to US military vets and their families.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.