Veteran walks across US to raise awareness of suicides
April 20, 2017
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A former soldier on Wednesday completed a 2,200-mile walk across the United States to draw attention to suicides among military veterans.
Army veteran Ernesto Rodriguez finished his trek from Clarksville, Tennessee, to the California coast when he walked the last few miles and onto the Santa Monica Pier.
A police motorcycle officer led the way and a crowd of supporters followed as Rodriguez strode to the end of the pier with American flags protruding from his backpack.
"I'm freaking out, I'm overwhelmed," he told KTTV. "It's the culmination of everything I've d...