Veterans Walking Cross Country to Raise Awareness on Veteran Suicide

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For many military Veterans, once they come home from war, the battle is not over.

Veterans we spoke with have told us the worst place a Veteran dealing with PTSD can do is not ask for help and be alone with their own mind.

That is why they started this walk from California to St. Louis, then south to the Arlington National Cemetery.

The Veterans said that anywhere between 20 and 22 veterans commit suicide every day.   

They add that both the VA and the VFW need to come together to help these Veterans keep themselves safe.

Along their journey, they have spoken to multiple Veterans from their own platoon as well as Gold Star families.

One family they met in Amarillo last night had a son who was in the same platoon as the men who are walking.

“I’m trying to maintain the relationship I had with her brother,” said Joseph Cox, an Iraq Veteran. “He and I were always laughing and joking, never took anything serious. I picked on him to the point he actually has tased me twice.”

“We actually tallied up the numbers and we lost 20 guys to suicide after Iraq,” added Adam Joel Lingo, another Iraq Veteran.

The Gold Star family said their son’s death is something they had to accept or it would’ve eaten them alive.

The reason these veterans are walking to Arlington National Cemetery is because other members of their battalion are buried there, either from dying in combat or after.

Both Veterans said that after walking through the heat in Arizona they are beyond happy to be able to walk in mild temperatures while in Amarillo.

Both Cox and Lingo told us that many Veterans they have spoken with say they thought they were alone with the issues they have, but they make sure to tell them that is not the case.

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