The 612: Boots for 20

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Raise awareness for veterans’ mental health

Logo_The612_HudallaEvery day, 22 veterans and one active duty soldier commit suicide. Operation 23 to Zero, a non-profit started by local veterans, hopes to raise awareness about the epidemic by placing combat boots of deceased soldiers on the steps of The Capitol. Twenty pairs are added each day for five days until the steps are filled with 100 pairs of boots.

David Peters, founder of  Operation 23 to Zero, hopes this unorthodox event will catch the attention of Minnesota lawmakers to improve the mental health resources available to veterans.  Families who have lost a veteran or an active duty soldier to suicide are encouraged to participate by placing a photo of their loved ones next to a pair of boots or to donate a pair of shoes.

This free event will be open to the public from April 10-14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • What: Boots for the 20
  • When: April 10-14
  • Where: The Capitol
  • Cost: Free

–Kellie Lawless


2017-2018 Social Media Editor of The Clarion. She is pumped about revamping the Clarion's social media accounts and getting people excited about journalism. In her spare time, she's running a photography business, giving tours around Bethel, and cuddling with her dogs. |

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