State Rep. Nick Collins recently joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to skate in a charity ice hockey game to raise awareness of veteran’s suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues stemming from service. The game was organized by the Skate 22 Foundation, a Massachusetts based advocacy organization which raises awareness of the struggles that many veterans face upon returning home. Their mission is to provide support, ice time, and skating equipment to veterans at no cost. They also organize volunteers to fundraise and participate in veterans outreach programs. The name of the organization comes from the 22 veterans who lose their lives every day to mental health and other service related issues upon returning home from service. “I am proud to stand with such a courageous organization in addressing the very serious mental health issues that many veterans face” said Rep. Collins (D-South Boston). “These kinds of events and opportunities help reaffirm our commitment to the wellbeing of veterans in this country and across the Commonwealth. I was happy to get back on the ice for such an important cause.”