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Ride to Silence the Stigma on Sunday

The annual Ride to Silence the Stigma program will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Stutsman Harley-Davidson in Jamestown.

Registration starts at 11 a.m., followed by a noon program and prayer. The ride starts at 12:30 p.m. Motorcycles and cars are invited to join at $20 per rider.

The ride, organized in part by the North Dakota Patriot Guard, is a motorcycle run to raise funds for suicide prevention. This year’s run will be to support the National Guard Foundation and ND CARES.

The Ride to Silence the Stigma event was founded by Dave and Beth Lautt after losing their son, Thomas Avery Doyle, 22, to suicide in 2013. Doyle was a Jamestown High School graduate who served in the North Dakota National Guard including a tour in Kuwait.

The national suicide rate for suicide among U.S. servicemen is nearly double that of the mainstream population, according to a 2015 study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The North Dakota veteran suicide rate for men is roughly equivalent to the national rate, and while the women veteran rate is lower it still exceeds the mainstream rate, according to the VA.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook at https://bit.ly/2u8X6yX.

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