The Short of It:
The Ice Bucket Challenge of last summer is now getting a reboot with an online trend that's working to raise awareness on the mental health issues faced by so many veterans.
The Longer Version of It:
Called the "22 Push-Ups Challenge", the new media movement is working to raise awareness of the mental health issues of former service members. People all over social media are committing to doing 22 push-ups every day for 22 days in honor of veterans. Sounds quite a lot like the Ice Bucket Challenge that popped up all over our news feeds last summer, but here's the thing, this time the amount of days and push-ups act as representatives of the number of veterans who die from suicide everyday: 22.
Everyone's favorite celebrity couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are leading the charge having posted a video over the weekend of each doing push-ups in support of the cause. The two filmed themselves hitting the pavement as they did 22 push-ups. "We also couldn't be more grateful for the men and women who serve our country every day," Faris says on the post.
Watch Faris and Pratt due the challenge here
They're not the only ones taking part, Full House's Candace Cameron Bur and Josh Devine, drummer of One Direction, have also gotten in on the challenge and done their share of push-ups.
The Push-Up challenge is similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge in that after one person finishes a challenge they roll over the task to three other friends to carry it out.
Behind the movement is the organization 22Kill which works to bring awareness and understanding of the mental health struggles former service members go through. Their goal is to reach 22 million push-ups for the cause.
Last year's Ice Bucket Challenge craze funded research for ALS, fingers crossed 22 Push-ups will be able to get theirs and raise the funds that are imperative to supporting our servicemen who struggle with PTSD and subsequent mental health problems.