Military vet ends his 2,200 mile journey to raise awareness about PTSD in Santa Monica

Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide due to PTSD. In order to raise awareness and increased support for veterans U.S. Army veteran, Ernesto Rodriguez, is walking 2,200 miles across the country.

Rodriguez served 15 years and four tours of duty, which included time in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has lost several friends to PTSD-related suicide and even attempted to take his own life.

Rodriguez’s journey is coming to a close and he is set to arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday April 19th. He will stake a flag in the ground at the Santa Monica Pier and do 22 push-ups for the 22 veterans that commit suicide everyday. His journey started in Tennessee on Veterans Day.

Wake Up Call’s Jennifer Jones Lee’s interviewed Rodriguez where he spoke about the importance of supporting veterans and the dangers of PTSD. They use the hash-tag #forthe22 to help spread awareness.

KFI News' Kris Ankarlo will walk the final 5 miles to the Santa Monica Pier with Rodriguez. You can hear about Ankarlo’s experience on the Bill Handel show.

Rodriguez’s journey is supported and celebrated by the American Soldier Network and Team RWB, as well as many celebrities and government liaisons.

You can follow his Facebook page for more information and live updates. You can also follow him on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram at @nerdnesto.


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