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Veteran hiking around U.S. to raise PTSD and suicide awarene

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News video: Veteran hiking around U.S. to raise PTSD and suicide awareneIt’s a 13,000 mile trek that one man plans to hike and it’s all to raise awareness for a cause that hits home for the Army veteran.

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Transcript: Veteran hiking around U.S. to raise PTSD and suicide awarene

miles. that's how far one man plans to hike... all to raise awareness for a cause that hits home for the army veteran. tonight... eli smith's journey made a pit stop in las vegas... so shakala alvaranga met up with him... to talk about the message behind his mission. ((shakala alvaranga)) >> dave, it's a 13 thousand mile hike to all four corners of the united states. he wanted to do something that no one else has done before. so here it is... he's hiking from florida... to san diego... to seattle... to maine .. and then back down to key west. it's all to raise awareness for ptsd and the suicide rate in the veteran community. eli is a veteran himself and has lost a few friends to the disease. so, he sold everything he had, packed his bag, and started his mission. his message has spread across the country -- garnering thousands of followers on his facebook page. eli smith, army vet ((it blows my mind. me and my family talk often about how it has just exceeded all communities, all different backgrounds, all different walks of life, rich or poor, doesn't matter your race, color, religion, everyone's coming together because this is an american issue.)) on average, 22 veterans commit suicide every day from ptsd... a number too large to ignore. eli says we can not allow our veterans to lose the battle. he's met with hundreds of veterans and countless organizations that work with veterans to help in the fight. he started the hike in mid november and says he probably has about four years left to finish. ((shakala alvaranga)) >> eli served in the army for two years in south korea. to this day, he says it was the best job he ever had. to follow his journey, you can head to his facebook page: four corners hike. dave? /// ((dave courvoisier)) >>> nascar will be making




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