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Man walks 2,000 miles to support veteran suicide awareness

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- A man is walking more than 2,000 miles across the country to raise awareness for veterans who commit suicide. The American Le...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- A man iswalking more than 2,000 miles across the country to raise awareness forveterans who commit suicide.

TheAmerican Legion Family welcomed veteran Jimmy Novak to Memphis on Sunday.

Jimmywalks 22 miles per day to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who are stillcommitting suicide daily and the many other issues have post-traumatic stressdisorder can have on victims.

Sinceleaving the state of Washington back in March, he’s walked 2,200 miles!

Hesays the cause hits close to home.

“Imyself, I’m an anxious depressive, and during the last 10 to 15 years in mymilitary career, I put off seeking help because I was worried about the stigmaand career implications. Now that I’m retired, I’ve actually sought treatmentfor myself, the things I was afraid of were not real-world concerns,” saidNovak.

Novakis on his way to Florida but will take a day of rest in Olive Branch, MS beforehe starts walking again.

Hestill has about 900 more miles to go and expects to arrive in Orlando by theend of the next month.