I decided to embark on this journey in honor of the Veterans that have lost the battle to PTSD. Some of which I served with when I was in the Army. On average, we lose 20 of our Veterans to suicide stemming from PTSD. That’s 20 too many. I needed to do something about it. After a while, and looking at what other people have done to raise awareness, I decided on a journey. Not just any journey. A record journey to all four corners of America that will take me around three years to complete.
As I looked into it more, I knew that some big changes were going to have to happen. With the support of my friends and family, and talking it over with them, I knew it was time. I tried to get support from other outlets before the hike and most everyone had the same attitude “You’re crazy.”, “That’s impossible.”, “You’ll get eaten by the bears.”. Everyone had their doubts about the journey and myself. It was happening with or without them. So I sold everything I had, from my pickup truck to my dishes and bought gear, a plane ticket and headed out on the journey. My goal was simple. Get this journey completed and be able to have a positive impact on one life. If I can help save just one life, then all the hardships, pain, loneliness, and everything else will be absolutely worth it. Since I started the journey in November of 2016, I have received 19 letters and many phone calls from Veterans that were suicidal and came across my journey inspiring them to change their minds about suicide and are still with us today.
So far on this journey I have met so many amazing Veterans, great people, and wonderful organizations. I have walked 4,600 miles and biked over 9,000 miles so far and still have a long way to go to more states, cities, and people to spread the message of our Veterans in need. You can find updates and where I do live videos on the Facebook page here.
I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you and hope to meet you in person. To find out more about updates, pictures, click the links below:
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