Veterans Suicide Awareness March draws hundreds of people

Published: Nov. 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM CST
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About 18 percent of those who commit suicide are veterans.

That's why about 1,000 people participated in the sixth annual Veterans Suicide Awareness Ruck March in Green Bay on Saturday.

“There's not enough said, not enough done before we transition back and we come to a life that we once knew but we're not used to,” said Dylan Myers, who did the march with his fellow Marine buddies, Shane Grubb and Eric Sausen.

Myers came from Oklahoma and Grubb flew in from Florida to do the march with Sausen who lives in Sobieski.

They came together once again to do the 20 mile march for fellow veterans who have committed suicide.

“Last December, Eric and I, a guy from our first deployment committed suicide. So, we kind of decided to come in his honor; but it's just crazy, you know, the guys you think would never do anything crazy or anything, it just hits them all at once and we hate getting together with our brothers at a funeral. It's a damper and it really sucks so this was a great way to get together and do something positive,” said Grubb.

The 20 miles represents each veteran who commits suicide daily.

Some marchers also carried a 20 pound pack, or did the 2.0 mile walk.

“It's such a worthwhile cause and I think people need to more aware of helping our veterans,” said Jean Rohr, who walked two miles.

Event organizers say participation has doubled every year since the march started and all the money raised helps Wisconsin veterans.

“Last year we raised almost $100,000 and that has allowed us to do programs like veterans scuba diving, Freedom Feefall, operation tip up,” said Julie Puyleart, the Sponsor Coordinator for H.O.O.A.H.