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Running2Repair Raises Awareness on Veteran Suicide

May 19, 2018 08:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates around 15 percent of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and each day around 22 veterans commit suicide. Locally, a high school student is doing her part to help reduce that number. 

On Saturday, more than 70 people took part in a "Run2Repair" in Stewartville. Participants ran, jumped and slid through obstacles while raising money for local veteran causes like "Operation Welcome Home" at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch.

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Southland Senior Morgan Brown who organized the event said, it's an issue she has seen the need to advocate for firsthand, "So, my uncle who has served and done nine tours has since then formed PTSD. He still serves and he just shows such encouragement in everything he does it really has enlightened me to want to help veterans in my community."

Brown expressed that seeing the support from the community for veterans issues actually brought her to tears and that it means a lot to her personally as well.

If you would like to donate, you can go to this website: Insanity4Humanity. The group will also sell shirts at the Austin VFW starting next weekend at $10.00 a shirt.  All proceeds will go to veterans in Mower County and Southeastern Minnesota.

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