Eleven people from all across the country set out on a 22-mile journey for our nation’s veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"22 veterans a day commit suicide due to PTSD and TBI, so we are coming together to walk 22 miles throughout the city to raise awareness of that."
Organizing the walk is 18-year-old, Eric Sullivan from Connecticut. Who has just enlisted and is headed to basic training in October.
"It sounds cliché but I wanted to join the military to save lives and I didn’t want to wait for combat to do so, I saw a need and I just wanted to meet it."
PTSD is something he has seen in members of his own family---a change many of us can't begin to understand.
"My cousin did tours in Iraq and obviously I knew him before his deployment and I knew him after, that change unsettled me,"
People from across the country, both veterans and non- veterans, joined Sullivan.
James Gavin has been in the army for over 5 years---and this problem, is one he knows all too well.
"It's a really prevalent issue, every year I have been in someone has gone, so it’s all over," Gavin said.
This group says with 22 veterans a day killing themselves because of PTSD they not only want to raise awareness-- but raise money to help manage it.
"It costs about $28,000 to treat one vet at Carrick Brain Center, I know we won’t get that but we will go until we stop."
A cause this group is not willing to give up on - walking and remembering those who have been lost - one step at a time.
The group has set up a GoFundMe account where they are raising money for the carrick brain centers to help treat veterans with PTSD. All of the proceeds will go to the Carrick Center.