Marine walks more than 800 miles to raise awareness for veteran

Marine walks more than 800 miles to raise awareness for veteran suicide

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Marine veteran Travis Snyder has completed a six-week, 810-mile journey around Lake Michigan in an effort to raise awareness for the PTSD and suicide among U.S. veterans. 

Snyder walked about 20 miles a day and shared his journey with a daily Facebook post.

"In a matter of weeks, we have accomplished a tremendous feat together; We amplified a message. We gave a voice to what was merely a whisper, and we turned it into a roar," Travis said in a Facebook post. "Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters were looking for help, healing and answers, and we helped them find that through building this community of warriors that are ready to combat any challenge that stands before us. No one will ever fight alone."

Snyder served from 2012-2018. 

According to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 60,000 servicemen and women and have died by suicide from 2008-2017. 

"If you don’t empathize with the epidemic on a personal level, know that there’s still a way that you can save a life; and that is by being present for someone when they’re hurting. You don’t have to have all the answers, you don’t have to be a counselor or a Doctor," Travis said on Facebook. "Just start with the little things; a wave, a smile, a simple “hello” will go a long ways in not only saving the life of one who’s struggling, but also the life of those that would’ve been affected by that loss, that void."

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