MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- An average of 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives every day. That's according to the organization Active Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans struggling with depression.
On Saturday in Machias, a local army veteran and an advocate for the Active Heroes held Ride For A Reason to raise money for the nonprofit's Carry The Fallen campaign.
The A.T.V. riding event drew more than 150 people and raised more than $4,500 for the campaign which will help pay for the treatment of veterans suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.
Local veteran Shawn Goodwin organized the event when he learned about veteran Army Captain Justin Fitch and his road to recovery after dealing with depression. Now Fitch strives to help other veterans get the help they need and know that it's okay to ask for it.