In early 2016, the “22” number finally stuck, manifesting with the “22 push-up challenge.” In this challenge, veteran supporters — individuals and brands alike— recorded themselves knocking out 22 push-ups, posted the video to social media and nominated others to carry the message forward.
While the challenge spread like wildfire and generated tremendous awareness, it lacked one vital element: Action for change.
On the screen I saw memories of my old life, of my current life, and inspiration for a future life. Images of time in the service, images of the early days of Combat Flags and images of my family shone brightly on large, rectangular screens. A booming voice narrated, offering the story of Combat Flags, my story, to a charmed audience.
I’ve had a gnawing, grating feeling since I graduated college. This feeling I couldn’t shake. This feeling I kept pushing deep, deep down. This feeling that, to this day, creeps up on me and stops me in my tracks. This feeling is that I’ve lost my purpose.