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Mowhawk Man Walking To Washington for PTSD Awareness

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An alarming rate of returning combat veterans are being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the number of cases diagnosed in the military has increased by 50% in the past year alone.

Two men, Larry Stimeling of the PTSD Awareness Society and his friend simply known as Mowhawk Man, are making their way across the part of the country with the highest veteran population in hopes of raising awareness on their way to Washington D.C.

Mohawk has been walking since October 19th to the nation's Capitol from Central Illinois and Larry has been behind him every step of the way in a car dedicated to a few of the people they know who suffered from PTSD.

Mohawk has been traveling the country, supporting the military for 24 years but after attending almost 800 veterans funerals, the growing majority due to Post Traumatic Stress disorder, Mohawk decided to start his latest walk to raise awareness.

"PTSD is the one thing you can fix completely and bring the casualty rate down to zero through information and counseling and getting the family members to know the signs to look for and that's what we're trying to do," said Mowhawk. "I just want this men and women who served that there is someone out there who cares and loves them and there is help for them."

Mowhawk's latest journey hasn't been without some problems, he has a bum knee and recently broke his foot too. That's not stopping him though and he and Larry expect to be in DC hopefully by Sunday of next week.

Mowhawk Man has also written a book about his travels called, "The Road Leads Somewhere" which can be found on Amazon and 100 percent of the proceeds go towards Gold Star Children which raises money for kids who have lost a parent serving in the military.