Army veteran from Detroit starts Project Push 22 to raise awareness about veteran suicides

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

DETROIT - Drop, and give our veterans 22!

Nina Robinson is a young mother of two and she is an Army veteran. Last year, her “battle buddy,” a Special Forces superstar, returned home and took his own life.

The moment she got the news, Robinson said, “I didn’t have much money, I couldn’t travel, but I wanted to spread awareness to this crisis of 22 veterans committing suicide each day, so I got down and did 22 pushups for him.”

For Robinson, Project Push 22 was born.

Nina returned to Detroit and formed her nonprofit, Veterans Suicide Prevention Association.

She’s asking everyone to videotape themselves doing 22 pushups Dec. 11 and post it on social media with the hashtag #projectpush22 in honor of the 22 veterans who take their own lives every day.

For Nina, it’s a full-time job. Her goal is to touch people who do the pushups, or don’t do the pushups and she’s asking them to give to her nonprofit.

Her goal is to open a gym in Detroit for veterans, focused on their physical and mental health.

Join Nina. You can reach her at and

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