Walkers young and old laced up their best sneakers and hiked for over two hours early Saturday morning to honor our service men and women who have returned from the battlefield suffering from Post Traumatic Disorder.
According to the National Vet Center, 1 out of 6 veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq battle PTSD and veterans account for 20% of all suicides in the United States.
In attendance were various community organizations and friends including the Pearland Rotary Club, Women Veteran’s Business Center, HEB, State Representative Ed Thompson and Mayor Tom Reid.
The Veterans Day Walk was sponsored by the Hike for Mental Health Program. The program is a 5013c nonprofit organization who organizes fundraising hikes and walks to increase awareness and raise funds for research into causes, treatments and cures for mental illness.
Proceeds will benefited the Williams Beaumont Army Medical Center and Pearland VFW Post #7109.