Vets journey through 11 states to raise awareness about suicide
The team remembers fallen friends; Catherine Herridge has the story for ” Special Report.’
For veterans Joe Cox, Russ Collins and Adam Lingo, the trip to the Washington Redskins’ FedExField and Sunday’s “Salute to Service” game started nine years ago, when their fellow-soldiers and teenage Iraqi translator “Roy” died at the brethren in Sinsil, Iraq, after a house rigged with explosives collapsed.
The ripple effect is felt to this day.
“A real good friend of ours committed suicide on March 31,” said Cox, who told Fox News that the number of lost to suicide rivals combat deaths. “For my implementations, as with the suicide and the control of the kills. So many factors, too many to mention.”
Out of desperation jump goal. In June, Cox and Lingo to the left of California Santa Monica pier.
Eleven states and 2,670 km later, the “Walk of Life” to spread awareness about veteran suicide, and it gave the people an opportunity to heal old wounds.
According to the 2013 statistics of the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day. That figure was revised to 20 earlier this year.
“I needed it. I had a lot of monkeys off of my back,” Lingo explained. “It is the philosophy behind it — you can’t finish the road without the road traveled behind you. And that is what it was for me and I think for many of the boys in the real.”
They are on average 15 to 20 km per day, which was stimulated by the foreigners who join themselves to the walk to support their cause. When Lingo broke a bone in his foot from overuse, Collins, left his Oklahoma job, and intensified.
“I’ve been that man who had a gun against my head,” said Collins, whose brush with suicidal thoughts was a gut check, although he says that he never seriously considered the termination of his life. “We already have trouble with things. … I think what really is missing is when the people from the military, they do not have the support of the group. Change of way of life. And that in itself can be so difficult to live.”
Although the walk ended on 11 November, the team launched the next chapter. A 501(c)(3) with the name “Brotherhood of the Bridge will connect vets to the services available.
“In fact, We are still (a) dating website for veterans groups. Each group has something they do, but none of them have a network,” Cox said.
In his backpack, Cox bears the scorched badges of his army brothers killed in Sinsil, Iraq, in 2008. He carried them for nine years, and now in the whole country. On Saturday, November 11, at Arlington National Cemetery, they visited their buddies’ graves. It brought them a step closer to coming home.
“A little overwhelming,” Lingo said. “I think we’re going to be processing this for a while.”
Cox added, “It’s a lot overwhelming.”
Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC), based in Washington, D. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.