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Trae Crowder, the Tennessee comedian behind the Liberal Redneck character, posted a new video last week about supporting the troops — but not in the way you'd expect from a guy wearing a sleeveless tee in the middle of the woods.

Crowder's video was spurred by the 22 push-up challenge, an online campaign to raise awareness of the approximately 22 military veterans who die from suicide every day. Though the number may actually be closer to 20, according to CNN, there's no denying the prevalence of suicide among veterans is tremendous — and that's what Crowder talks about.

"For a country that makes such a damn show outta supporting the troops, we are pretty demonstrably doing a piss-poor job of it," Crowder says in the YouTube video.

From there, Crowder goes in about how it can take months for a vet to get in to see a veteran affairs doctor, "yet we can fly a robot rocket ship up a camel's a****** from the other side of the goddamn planet in a matter of minutes."

He also points out the massive disparity between how much the U.S. spends on acts of war versus how much is spent on returning vets — and how veterans who joined the service right out of high school don't always learn the skills to find work at the end of their deployment and campaign.

"I think it comes back to how we treat mental health in this country," Crowder says. "A vet comes home missing a hand and the whole community'll rally together to buy him a cyborg replacement where the middle finger rotates and plays Lee Greenwood and that's awesome. But when his buddy goes to his family reunion with psychological wounds, well now all anybody wants to talk about is how Aunt Deb really killed it with the deviled eggs this year."

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The problem, Crowder points out, is that we as a nation are doing a poor job of addressing the deep psychological trauma that comes from military service. And if we can get better at helping our returning veterans, we'll be able to better address mental health as a whole.

Warning: Some may find the language in this video offensive:

Source: YouTube
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Arnold DeVille of Washington, visits the grave of his brother in law, Army PFC Frank McCoy, who received the purple heart while serving in Vietnam, and died in 1997, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, on Veterans Day in Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
David Horne of Baltimore, Md., visits the grave of National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel Suplee of Baltimore, Md., who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Reynolds of Houston, Texas, accompanied by his girlfriend Ashley Voyles, visits the grave of Army Cpl. William Amundson Jr. who died in 2004, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The morning sun shines over tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. President Barack Obama is honoring current and former members of the military as well as their families on Veterans Day today. This morning he's hosting a breakfast to honor veterans and their loved ones. And later on, the president will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Television writer and veteran Norman Lear, right, shakes hands with Tuskegee Airmen Roscoe Brown during the annual Veteran's Day parade in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. The two served in the air force at the same time during World War II. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A color guard presents the flags during a Veteran's Day observance at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Army veteran James F. Gerald, 85, right, visits with members of the South Side High School Junior ROTC following a Veteran's Day observance at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
In observance of Veteran's Day, Elsa Guerra visits the grave sites of her father, grandfather, and two uncles at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Kevin Kelly from the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post rolls up a flag after a Veterans Day parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Jiffy Helton Sarver, of Monroe, Ga., visits the grave of her son, 1st Lt. Joseph Helton, Jr., who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2009, at Georgia National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "His smile and his soft brown eyes," said Sarver of what she remembered most about her son. "He always tried to do better today than he did yesterday and helping someone else do the same." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A Marine Corps flag is seen in the foreground as members of the WarFighters Motorcycle of Maryland visit fallen friends in section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Fresh footsteps in the morning dew from a mother visiting her son's grave are seen in the grass as tombstones stand in the background on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A member of the Girl Scouts Overseas Korea, left, salutes with U.S. and South Korean soldiers during the Veterans Day Ceremony in front of the 8th Army War Memorial at Yongsan Main Post in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
1st Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, smiles as she is recognized for being one of the first two female graduate of the Army's rigorous Ranger School, during a luncheon for military women â active-duty service members and veterans, spouses and caregivers â at the Vice President's official residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
An American flag sits in front of gravestones on Veterans Day at San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Army veterans Don Doyle, left, and Salvado Campos Jr., right, salute during a Veteran's Day observance at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A memorial services detachment group waits to perform a 21-gun salute during a Veteran's Day observance at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Yellow roses are placed at the south pool of The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in honor of Veterans day on the names of the veterans who died during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A member of the Warren County Sheriff's Honor Guard carries an American flag through the audience during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Countryside YMCA's gymnasium, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Lebanon, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A child holds an American flag over her head during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Countryside YMCA's gymnasium, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Lebanon, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
An American flag is folded as members of Lebanon High School's Air Force ROTC look on during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Countryside YMCA's gymnasium, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Lebanon, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Retired USMC Maj. William Fry salutes during the pledge of allegiance during a Veterans Day ceremony in the Countryside YMCA's gymnasium, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Lebanon, Ohio. The Maineville, Ohio veteran served for 21 years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Members of the Marine Corps. League's Trenton Detachment stand together near the colonnade at the Princeton Battlefield during a Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Princeton, N.J. The Princeton Battlefield Society honored William Shippen, who died at the Battle of Princeton, and was the first U.S. Marine in history to die in a land battle. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Desert Storm veteran Tim Battle holds a large American flag as he watches for the Veterans Day parade to begin Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in downtown Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Nicolas Parada, 5 of Stafford, Va., plays near the grave of his uncle, Marine Cpl. Nicolas Parada Rodriguez who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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