Veteran Suicide Awareness: Marine Hikes Around Lake Michigan
Over the course 42 days, a Michigan Marine veteran set out to raise awareness for veteran suicide following the loss of one of his Marine brothers.
Travis Snyder walked 810 miles in 42 days around Lake Michigan – walking close to 25 miles a day. Snyder, who served in Afghanistan as a corporal from October 2017 to April 2018, documented his entire journey on his Facebook page.
Guess where I am 🙃👋🏽
Veteran suicide is an issue that is amplifying across the nation. Helping vets return from combat and prevent them from committing suicide is not an easy task, but every little bit helps. Snyder said his mission is to be a healer and do his part for the greater good.
When vets come home, they proceed to make sacrifices for the rest of their lives. Snyder even sold his Jeep just to fund this mission that he so deeply believed in.
“It’s never wrong to run on faith and take a chance on something, especially if you believe in that,” Snyder told FOX 17 at the start of the mission. “For those that are following and have been a part of this journey with me, if you are hurting, I want them to know that they have a purpose. They have a reason to stay. They are needed. They’re wanted and they’re loved.”
On Monday, Snyder alone with three fellow Marines arrived in Manistee, MI accompanied by a crowd of supporters who walked the last few miles with him.
In his final post, he wrote: “This is our main objective; to bring a light to a situation that needs answers, and needs attention. You and I are to be that light, and to help those that are combating those challenges everyday. Together, we will make a tremendous difference.”
This is it.810 miles around Lake Michigan. Six weeks ago I quietly took off from Manistee, Michigan, embarking on…