PITTSBURG -- A candlelight vigil will be held at dusk Saturday at the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station to raise awareness of untreated post-traumatic stress among veterans.

The event is being organized by Operation Wounded Minds, a grassroots group that started earlier this year to educate the public about the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and resources available to suffering veterans.

Operation Wounded Minds officials say the group's campaign, called Project-22, is aimed at raising awareness that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. The vigil will show how many lives a veteran touches when he or she takes their life and that those deaths are preventable, group co-founder Dwayne Jones said.

"Our Warriors need us to carry on their legacy and be the voice for them," said Mark Carter, the group's co-founder and the father of Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter, in a news release. The Antioch man is a BART electrician.

Ty Carter has become an advocate to help remove the stigma of ex-military seeking mental health treatment.

In addition to the vigil, Kinders BBQ is donating 15 percent of customer purchases made Sunday and Monday at seven Contra Costa locations to Operation Wounded Minds. The flier must be presented upon purchase and is available at www.operationwoundedminds.org.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.


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