US: Veteran Walks to Raise Awareness of PTSD and Veteran Suicides

Posted on April 15, 2019

US Army Veteran Treks Across America To Raise Awareness Of PTSD

Jim Novak is walking over 3,000 miles to raise awareness about PTSD and suicide among veterans.

A former US Army Sergeant is trekking across America to raise awareness about PTSD and suicide among veterans, after battling anxiety and depression for most of his adult life.

Retired Army Sergeant Jim Novak served for 21 years in the US Army Chemical Corps and is now three weeks into his mammoth walk.

His aim is to walk more than 3,000 miles in just five months.

He will complete around 22 miles a day, unsupported, with his sights set on the finish line at Disney World Florida.

During his time in the US Army, Mr Novak was deployed to a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and embarked on two combat tours in Iraq.

He later suffered from survivors guilt, after his base in Iraq was bombed.

He’s now trying to encourage more veterans that may be struggling to reach out and ask for help.

On his website he posted:

“Seeking help and reaching out is difficult and it requires courage, but it is a sign of strength and a sign of resiliency.

“If you need help, I am here for you. Please reach out and let someone help you. You are important! You are valuable! You are irreplaceable!”

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