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The 22 Push-Up Challenge: What's it all about?

Posted at 8:04 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 08:07:50-04

Katie and Autumn tried their hand at the 22 Push-Up Challenge Monday morning.  The challenge raises awareness of veteran suicide.

According to CBS News, for years it was estimated that 22 veterans committed suicide each day. That's 7,400 per year. The 22-Push Up challenge – set up by the foundation 22Kill – has a primary goal of focusing attention to the tragedy, rather than raising money.   Participants do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days.

"When the statistics came out that 22 veterans a day were committing suicide it was almost unbelievable. We wanted to find out more where this number came from," said the foundation's deputy director, Don Nguyen, according to CBS News.

Katie and Autumn were challenged by Morning Bull, the 97 Rock Morning show crew.  They challenged Ed Drantch and the crew at Buffalo Fire Department's Engine 19.

In the interest of full disclosure - Katie realizes her push ups need a little work, and is hoping they improve after 22 days!