Everyone, including volunteers, is REQUIRED to register and sign a waiver!
If you have not registered, please do! It helps us prepare a great hike and keeps you from having to standing in line the morning of the hike. You WILL have to register at the hike if you don't do it online. Click the link below. It only takes a couple of minutes if you do it now.
The mission of the Silkies Hike is to bring veterans together with laughter and camaraderie, create a support network for veterans, and provide a day of therapy in order to prevent veteran suicide. These hikes support and spread our bottom line: «put the gun back on safe, put it back on the nightstand, and stick around a bit longer.»
The hike provides the therapy and treatment for veterans suffering from post traumatic stress and other stressors to effectively prevent suicide by using humor and camaraderie to heal mental wounds.
A 10 mile hike with 22 kg (optional) on our backs in silkies (optional) for military past and present.
To get our veterans together, to put weight on our backs, to feel nostalgic, to laugh, to bond and to remind us all that our camaraderie, brotherhood and sisterhood will never die.
WHEN: May 20, 2017 0830 gathering 0930 Step-off
WHERE: Cookies Tavern 10th & Oregon Ave. South Philly
Please meet us for the initial festivities and also advance to the locations if you'd like to receive your veterans with cheers, hugs, kisses, photos, videos, screaming, yelling, and excessive PDA.
You can leave the gay reflective army belts at home...oh and the berets too.
Desert/combat boots...remember there is no air conditioning during the march because it's happening «outside» lol.
Turqoise/aquamarine/pink silkies with dolphin caricatures
Prepare to hear Coastie jokes from your Navy brethren for the entirety of the march.
Backpack — The 22 kg is optional
Snacks — Nuts, bars, food that will fuel you throughout the day
Camelback with water
Headgear — hat, kevlar
Eye Pro — Sunglasses, goggles
Vaseline and Mulskin
Tennis shoes and shower shoes
Tylenol..er motrin..but seriously Tylenol for the hangover.
TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY: Drive yourself in
LEGAL STUFF: No open containers and don't be «that guy»
Dont bring any weapons, weapon accessories, magazines, ammo, flash bangs, 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 FLIRT with girls (and guys) and invite them to the after party later that night.
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.
For machine gunners — Make something that mimics the weight of a 240 golf on your back and we'll pass it around.
For Corpsmen and Medics — rig an IV bag with a beverage you can pass around.
Bring your guidons, your American flags, your service branch flags and your moto voice for cadences.
MORE ABOUT US:
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 would like to help us prevent veteran suicides through our veterans therapeutic events and entertainment, please donate to the Non-profit, Irreverent Warriors Inc. via irreverentwarriors.com/donate to donate using paypal. We are incredibly grateful for your donations and support, and we will express our gratitude by using your money to keep veterans alive and well. They are a California based public charity, with 501©3 tax exemption. Your donations are tax deductible and the tax ID number is 47-4789126.