2200 miles may seem a tad crazy and an odd number to come up with, but with only a couple of weeks left in the year, I contemplated what my New Year’s goal was going to be. Granted, I always have several (mostly small goals), but I couldn’t decide what to make my big goal (resolution) for the new year. Then it hit me as I looked at my husband!
2016 was a trying year for our family, especially the last portion of it. Most of you know that my husband (an active duty soldier) has PTSD and the trouble we have had with the Army and his past commands with getting him help. It should not be like this!
December of 2016 things hit their breaking point and long story short, my husband was admitted to the 3rd floor of Darnall (that is the mental ward at the military hospital on Fort Hood). He has tried to commit suicide several times in the past, and in December I had enough. The military was going to provide him with the treatment he needed and I didn’t care how many people or high-ranking officers/personnel I had to yell at to make it happen.
UPDATE: I originally planned to start this journey when I wrote this blog post in Jan of 2017, however, my husband and children needed my main focus which between doctors appointments, work, and health issues of my own I had to postpone my quest. It is now October 2017 and I shall without a doubt start and complete my journey in 2018. Everyone is doing well, my health issues have finally been solved (after 3 years of testing) and I now have medication to deal with the nasty little thing they call cyclic vomiting (which by the way, stress increases the episodes).
The Reason For 2200 Miles
During the process, I quickly realized why so many of our men and women that would lay down their lives in a heartbeat for our freedom were so scared to try and get treatment for PTSD through the military. I now understood why most just suffer in silence instead.
This has to stop! Our active duty AND veterans need to be able to get the help they need, when they need it, without fear of losing their job, their rank, or being kicked out of the military. They shouldn’t have to worry that trying to seek treatment means that they, will in turn, get treated like they are weak from their command. They shouldn’t worry that their family might be taken away from them or harassed by civilians that work for the military.
Every day roughly 22 of our veterans commit suicide. They fought for us and we need to fight for them!
I will hike/walk 2200 miles in the year 2018 to bring awareness to combat-related PTSD and the 22 men and women who fought for our freedom that end their lives daily.
I have every hope that this will go national (so please feel free to share this post or any statuses I post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) just like when I hiked 1000 miles to support 3CR RSS Soldiers that were deployed!
How you can participate
I know not everyone can hike/walk 2200 miles in a year, so I would like to do a combined total of 220,000 miles, which means every mile you hike/run/walk will count! You just need to keep track of your miles, then report them to me on the weekly mile round-up thread.
To Log Miles
Simply keep track of the miles you run, walk, or hike from Monday-Sunday. Then report the total miles on the weekly mile round-up post (I will make a weekly post on my Facebook page as well as on my blog, just comment with your total for the prior week).
Every Monday, I will make a weekly mile round-up post and you just comment with how many miles you logged the previous week. I will keep a running tally so we can see how close we are to our combined goal.
Hashtags to Use
If you will be posting status messages or pictures to social media, please use the hashtag #2200Miles4PTSD and if you can please tag me @nuttyhiker for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram =) I would love to share pictures on my social media of those that are participating (I will only share them if you tag me). The hashtags are so I can see how many people we have participating and how far this cause has traveled. Plus it helps raise awareness!
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Instagram (for daily pictures I post while hiking)
Donations & Pledges
I am working on trying to set up a place where people can donate or pledge to donate so much for every mile completed. The money raised will be split up between two veterans organizations (1 national & 1 local). Currently, I am researching organizations and if you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Also, if you are interested in making a pledge for either my miles or the combined miles total please let me know by emailing me. As soon as I figure out the best way to do this I will shoot an email to those that are interested in donating or pledging.
Are you in?
Are you in? Will you help rack up 220,000 miles for the combined goal? Comment below and let me know.