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TN veteran raises awareness on PTSD

Ernesto Rodriguez' Facebook Page

Ernesto Rodriguez' Facebook Page

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee veteran is making his way across the country to raise awareness for his fellow soldiers.

Ernesto Rodriguez began the 2,200 mile trek on Veterans Day, and plans to make it to Los Angeles by February or March. It’s all in an effort to help veterans affected by PTSD.

“We just wanted to make sure that we had a platform, and I think the only way to get a platform nowadays is to do something extreme,” Rodriguez told The Jackson Sun.

“That’s why we’re doing it, to make sure that soldiers know they’re not alone and make sure that they understand that suicidal thoughts or social disorders or aggressive tendencies, loss of family, it happens to a lot of us,” Rodriguez said. “And I don’t think it’s right that we have to struggle to get help for it.”

As of Sunday evening, Rodriguez has made it all the way to Forrest City, Arkansas.

To follow his journey, click here.