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68-Year-Old Marine Will Walk 300 Miles To DC To Raise Awareness About Veteran-Related Issues

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Terry Sharpe, a 68-year-old United States Marine, is set to walk nearly 600,000 steps from the town of Stokesdale, North Carolina, all the way to Washington, DC, to raise awareness about issues veterans face every single day — including post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.

Terry’s journey will start on Wednesday, May 2. “I’m going to make it one way or another. I’m going to get there,” he told Fox 8. “We’re losing so many veterans to suicide, men and women. Suicide is up to 32 percent, the women’s is up to 85 percent, Vietnam veteran is up to 65 percent.”

This isn’t the first time Terry’s made the trip to DC by foot. In the past seven years, he’s done this walk six times! He’s actually known as the “Walking Marine” around town.

Not only is that truly impressive, but it also shows the dedication and determination Terry has and his willingness to stop at nothing to spread awareness about these important veteran-related issues.

This year, Terry says he plans to make the 22-day journey with a couple who lost a loved one by suicide a few years ago. The number 22 represents how many veterans’ lives are taken by suicide each day.

“My mission is to make people aware of what’s going on and check on their veterans and see how they are doing, and if they need help then try to provide it,” Terry said.

Note: If you or any of your loved ones are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can always reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 by phone or online chat.

Footage provided by WGHP Greensboro

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