Unconventional 'silkies hike' is meant to increase awareness about PTSD and military suicide

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A "Silkies Hike" coming up in Waco Saturday is meant to bring veterans together, and bring attention to the issues of PTSD and veteran suicide.

The Irreverent Warriors group has brought the "Silkies Hikes" to Waco for the past few years.

Marine veteran Jacob Romero is also a part of that organization.

The hikes draw their names from the clothing item known as "silkies," notoriously skimpy and unpopular green shorts worn by many active duty members of the military during physical training.

Ramero says it's part of the unconventional, humorous approach to this event.

Another hike is coming up Saturday, May 4 at 8 a.m.

Veterans and active duty members of the military are invited to gather at 400 E. Bridge Street in Waco for hike that will wind through downtown ending at the Warehouse bar.

While the hike is exclusively for veterans and active duty members of the military, volunteers are invited to come cheer them on and pass out water.