Many American's have no idea that we lose 20+ Veterans to suicide every day. And after his own struggles, Ernesto Rodriguez is stepping up.
He is walking 2,200 miles (which started November 2016) from his hometown of Clarksville, Tennessee, and ending in Los Angeles, California.
The 34-year-old is a 15-year veteran of the Army who has served four tours of his own and knows the difficult adjustment every veteran must make. In fact, he knows all too well the temptation of suicide, having attempted to take his own life twice since returning from duty a year ago.
"I was in a really bad way after my first tour in Afghanistan, and my second," he recalls. "I have a daughter, and she would have been without a father. And that's what I think about when thoughts like that creep up."
Overall, he has witnessed great generosity from people along the way. Rather than accepting money, he only asks for places to sleep and food for meals; any money people want to give he asks to be donated to organizations which work with veterans.
He is nearing the end of his journey (April 19) but you can follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/Nerdnesto/