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 Legion Family welcomed veteran Jimmy Novak to Memphis on Sunday.
Jimmy walks 22 miles per day to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who are still committing suicide daily and the many other issues have post-traumatic stress disorder can have on victims.
Since leaving the state of Washington back in March, he’s walked 2,200 miles!
He says the cause hits close to home.
“I myself, I’m an anxious depressive, and during the last 10 to 15 years in my military career, I put off seeking help because I was worried about the stigma and career implications. Now that I’m retired, I’ve actually sought treatment for myself, the things I was afraid of were not real-world concerns,” said Novak.
Novak is on his way to Florida but will take a day of rest in Olive Branch, MS before he starts walking again.
He still has about 900 more miles to go and expects to arrive in Orlando by the end of the next month.