A combination of veterans, non-veterans, family and friends of veterans have come together to strengthen our country by standing up for our combat veterans.

Mission 22 is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping veterans transition back into civilian life. The military vows to never leave a service member behind on the battlefield. Mission 22 members pick up that torch and vow to never leave a service member behind at home.

The tremendous men and women of New Bedford Chapter Mission 22 have been raising money to support local veterans for years. Their next event is on Sunday, June 2.

The chapter is organizing its annual pub crawl in downtown New Bedford. The tickets are just $30 and there will be prize raffles at each of the six locations that day. For tickets, you can call local Ambassadors Donny (508) 965-2464 or Jared (508) 789-8239.

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. at Rose Alley Ale House and go on to Slainte, Moby Dick Brewery, Pour Farm Tavern, and will end at the Greasy Luck Brewery with DJ Gazelle providing the music.

"Mission 22 is a non-profit who combats the ever-rising veteran suicide rate. Every day, more than twenty veterans are lost to suicide. Mission 22 wants to bring that number to zero. It does this with three main programs; veteran treatment programs, memorials and national awareness. Mission 22 provides treatment programs to veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues they might be facing. It organizes events and builds memorials to create social impact and awareness for these issues.

Mission 22 also has an Ambassador volunteer program for people to get involved as well. Ambassadors educate the public on veteran issues, help get veterans into Mission 22 treatment programs and create resources in their communities. Through these three programs, it enables a push for the betterment of our nation's heroes and stands united in the war against veteran suicide."

Listen to the complete interview regarding the pub crawl here:

And listen to them discuss running 500 miles for veterans here:

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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