Disturbing Numbers: Veterans March To Raise Suicide Awareness

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What happens on the battlefield is a world away from life back home.

And for many of the men and women we call heroes, their fight doesn’t always end there.

“Depression puts you in a very dark place, so if we can get them re-associated with other veterans and people who care, that’s a great step forward to make sure they’re not alone,” said veteran Patrick Law.

As a Marine, Patrick knows firsthand how hard that transition can be. That’s why he helped start DFW’s chapter of Ruck Up For Life, to put a spotlight on veterans dealing with depression and suicide.

“The battlefield is a very unique place -- as you can imagine -- so when they come home, they lose part of that spirit and they lose touch with each other,” added Law.

Saturday, veterans got together at Sparger Park in Colleyville to march 23 miles, one mile for every veteran who takes his own life each day.

It’s a shocking statistic, but vets like Jacob Ortio says it hits close to home. He’s been thru the struggle himself and has lost one of his buddies to suicide.

“It was surreal;  lot of empathy there,” said Ortio.  “Again, I found out what I went through. So it was eye-opening to where something needs to be done about it.”

These vets are willing to do whatever it takes to turn 23 suicides a day into zero. One step at a time.