Community members ‘walk and ride’ for veterans with PTSD

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MIDLAND, Tx. (KOSA) - On average, there are 22 veterans a day who struggle and take their own lives.

On average, there are 22 veterans a day who struggle and take their own lives.

These 22 veterans are why a group in the Permian Basin is riding and running -- to show those who served that they matter.

VFW Post 4149 with the help of Benchmark Mortgage held the first ever 'Walk and Ride' on Saturday.

It started at Windlands Park in Midland, and let the community show local veterans that they are not alone in their fight.

Organizer Darrell Thornton said the event had over 100 walkers and close to 60 bikers participate.

He said each community member is doing their part to be there for those who have served.

"We are trying to bring awareness of suicide in the veteran community. Now by including our Midland community and West Texas community, Midland and Odessa getting people more involved in being more aware of what is going on and having the compassion to be there for the veterans that are going through a PTSD moment,” said Thornton.

Local veterans at the event want to remind the community that it's important to always check-in on friends who are struggling with PTSD.