I began the 2016 "90 Mile March" on 3 Nov 2016, with a full pack, and bivouacked nightly where I could find a place.
I underestimated the huge public response to my journey and to my purpose.
I was stopped often for photos to be taken, for people to offer me encouragement and support, for others to offer me food and water, and in one instance, for a combat veteran who is now a coach who asked me to speak to his youth football team.
So accomplishing the 40 miles the first day, 30 miles the second, and 20 miles the last day was very, very challenging due to the rousing enthusiasm I encountered all along the journey.
Men and women, boys and girls, old and young, veterans and Gold Star Families, all welcomed me into their hearts and provided huge boosts in my confidence and lots of encouragement for the purpose and the journey representing the mission.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a scourge among our combat veterans, both men and women who sacrificed to provide defense services to our country so that the rest of us could enjoy our very freedoms and liberties every day.
There are many ways, beyond Marching, to make a significant difference for PTSD sufferers. Here are some ways, briefly:
1 Donate to PTSD causes, especially those that focus on providing health and well-being for the unfortunate PTSD afflicted.
2 Communicate with your elected representatives that they should elevate government support for all veterans, but particularly for those veterans with PTSD.
3 Join in community efforts to address homelessness because so many veterans with PTSD are homeless, adrift with insufficient shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.
4 Don't judge a family member with PTSD. Understand that the person has been through so...