100 Mile Journey: Group of veterans taking steps to raise awareness for PTSD

KOKH | by Payton May | April 2022 | Link to Article

A group of military veterans are making an incredible journey to highlight an important cause.

Starting Monday, ten army and marine veterans will walk 100 miles from Oklahoma City to Lawton.

Those making the trek are walking to raise awareness for PTSD.

The group will average around twenty-three miles a day for the first few days, with the intention to talk to each other about what they've gone through fighting for our country, and how to cope with some of the traumatic experiences they've brought home with them.

Henry Escobedo is an army veteran whose smile and laughter light up a room.

Sitting down and talking with him, you would never imagine what he's had to overcome after his twelve years in the army.

“I myself suffer from PTSD, which at times I have done several gatherings where I want to learn more from it," Escobedo said. "Because at times I, myself don’t even understand why I act the way I act.”

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, about 6% of the population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.

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