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Local football team raising awareness of veteran suicide

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Players on a local high school football team are doing some extra push-ups. After games, win or lose, the team drops down and gives coach 22 to help raise awareness.

"They're starting to bring awareness with the push-ups they do at each game. For 22 push-ups a day, end of the game win or lose, that's how many veterans take their life every single day waiting to get care," veteran and Skyview High School alumni, Marshall Leary said.

Leary says he knows what it's like to go from military back to a civilian way of life. Leary says he too, once had suicidal thoughts.

"God gave us two ears and one mouth, you know, so we can listen and then help them out a lot of them just want someone to listen to them," he said.

We didn't capture video of the team doing push-ups, but after every game they're all dropping and giving 22.

"The team is really taking it to heart they don't forget a day, they're out there doing them still. They're not thinking about the push-ups, they're thinking about the young men, the soldiers," Skyview football coach Ron Lebsock said.

"My reaction was, I mean push-ups aren't fun at anytime, but you look past, you look past the greater cause and what it's really for. What he told us. What it's for. I have a lot of family members, know a lot of people in the service, couple ex-football players I played with are in the service, so it's just doing it for the greater good. Out raise anything, out raise how sore you are, you know, how tough of a practice it was, what's going on in your life. That voids it all because if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be able to play football everyday," Ryan Davis, Skyview football player said.

 If you know anyone having suicidal thoughts or PTSD, Leary says to contact Veterans of Foreign Wars.

"Feel free to open up if you know somebody. One phone call can save a life," Leary said.

Skyview High School football coach Ron Lebsock says the team will be doing the push-ups all season long. Veteran, Marshall Leary says he hopes this will create a ripple effect and other sports teams or schools will do the same.

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