The Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hikes are a series of therapeutic events across the nation designed to PREVENT veteran suicide by bringing veterans together using humor and camaraderie to heal the mental wounds of war.
THE ACTUAL HIKE ITSELF IS FOR VETERANS, ACTIVE DUTY, NATIONAL GUARD, AND RESERVISTS ONLY.
Veterans operate differently than most others in the face of tragedy or adversity in that they are more likely to use humor and camaraderie as a coping mechanism than anything else. In order to create and maintain this environment of support and understanding, civilians are not allowed to hike in our events. CIVILIANS: Please meet us for the initial festivities and/or at stop locations along the route if you'd like to receive your veterans with cheers, hugs, kisses, photos, videos, screaming, yelling, and excessive PDA.
Irreverent Warriors events create a lasting network of support and communicate this message: "put the gun back on safe, put it back on the nightstand, and stick around a bit longer."
RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST:
Backpack - The 22 kg is optional
Snacks - Nuts, bars, food that will fuel you throughout the day
Camelback with water
Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock.
Headgear - hat, kevlar, stetson, beret
Eye Pro - Sunglasses, goggles
Vaseline and Moleskin
Tennis shoes, Boots and shower shoes
WHAT TO BRING:
ID - we will be checking ID's ** In order to be served at the bars you MUST be wearing the Irreverent Warrior wrist band that you will receive at registration - this includes volunteers and drivers as well as participants
WATER - we will have water on our support vehicles but you are encouraged to have your own as well.
CASH - we are asking everyone to pay cash at the stops - this will help get faster service and one of the conditions we've arranged for drink specials.
TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY- Drive yourself in, but we recommend you get a ride home if you have been drinking.
LEGAL STUFF - You are accountable to local law and many events have a law enforcement escort.
Don't bring any weapons, weapon accessories, magazines, ammo, flashbangs, grenades, nuclear devices, WMDs or other illegal arms. We will be going into public venues, so even if you are licensed for concealed carry - leave it.
Public drinking is illegal - there we said it.
Do "check-in" on Facebook as we progress through the hike.
Do whatever it takes to help a fellow vet out
Do mumble the words "I love you" to a bunch of dudes/dudettes you've never met.
DO bring moto shirts and everything you own that is red, white, and blue.
DO bring branch, unit, patriotic flags (no political or religious flags)
MORE ABOUT IRREVERENT WARRIORS:
The Silkies Hike is not about awareness, it's about PREVENTION because the connections and bonds that we make during the hike will become our support network for the rest of our lives. In order to prevent suicides, we have to support each other. This hike facilitates veterans bonding, connecting, and supporting each other.
If you are interested in supporting Irreverent Warriors Inc. and our mission, go to www.irreverentwarriors.com/donate We are incredibly grateful for your donations and support and guarantee they are changing, and saving lives EVERY day. We are a California based public charity, with 501(c)3 tax exemption. Your donations are tax-deductible and the tax ID number is 47-4789126