Irreverent Warriors, a national organization focusing on preventing veterans suicide, had its first 'Silkies Hike,' where over 150 veterans and active duty men and women marched 12 miles across Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Each year, this organization holds around 70 hikes across the United States as a way to bring veterans together. Ryan McAbee, 31, the local coordinator for Irreverent Warriors, said, "There are plenty of organizations that support veterans, but nobody really understands us like we do. It's easier to let your walls down when you're surrounded by people who get it."

Ryan McAbee, 31, the local coordinator for Irreverent Warriors, a national organization focusing on preventing veterans suicide, gives a speech before 163 veterans march through Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Veterans march anywhere from eig

Ryan McAbee, 31, the local coordinator for Irreverent Warriors, a national organization focusing on preventing veterans suicide, gives a speech before 163 veterans march through Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Veterans march anywhere from eight-12 miles. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Shane O'hara, 20, cheers after the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the "Silkies Hike" in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. O'hara's been in the army for a few months now and is based in Orlando, Fla. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Shane O'hara, 20, cheers after the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the "Silkies Hike" in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. O'hara's been in the army for a few months now and is based in Orlando, Fla. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Veterans sing the pledge of allegiance before starting their hike throughout Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Irreverent Warriors organizes over 60 hikes across the United States and this is the first Silkies Hike in Jacksonville, Beach. [Emil

Veterans sing the pledge of allegiance before starting their hike throughout Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Irreverent Warriors organizes over 60 hikes across the United States and this is the first Silkies Hike in Jacksonville, Beach. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Veterans and active duty service members march across 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., during the "Silkies March" on March 27, 2021. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Veterans and active duty service members march across 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., during the "Silkies March" on March 27, 2021. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Troy Fisher, 51, who served eight years in the 90's as a marine, marches across 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., with his Beagle, Fred. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Troy Fisher, 51, who served eight years in the '90s as a marine, marches across 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., with his Beagle, Fred. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Gregory Morgan, 52, a hike team coordinator from Raleigh, North Carolina, hugs another member of the "Silkies Hike" while holding a flag stating, "Saturdays are for silkies," in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Morgan retired in 1992 after bei

Gregory Morgan, 52, a hike team coordinator from Raleigh, North Carolina, hugs another member of the "Silkies Hike" while holding a flag stating, "Saturdays are for silkies," in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Morgan retired in 1992 after being in the Gulf War for the Army. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Tyler Southern, 31, who served as a marine for five and a half years, leads the "Silkies Hike" through 1st Street in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Southern stepped on 10 pounds of homemade explosives on May 5, 2010 and lost both legs and on

Tyler Southern, 31, who served as a marine for five and a half years, leads the "Silkies Hike" through 1st Street in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on March 27, 2021. Southern stepped on 10 pounds of homemade explosives on May 5, 2010, and lost both legs and one arm. He retired in 2021 after Afghanistan. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Hunter Knapp, 23, smiles at Oceanfront Park in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., the first stop during the "Silkies Hike" on March 27, 2021. Knapp retired in 2018 after spending three and a half years in the Army. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

Hunter Knapp, 23, smiles at Oceanfront Park in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., the first stop during the "Silkies Hike" on March 27, 2021. Knapp retired in 2018 after spending three and a half years in the Army. [Emily Felts/Florida Times-Union]

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