Clarksburg - Ryan Weldon is a marine veteran walking across the U.S. when he found out a reported 18 to 22 veterans per day commit suicide. He decided to take a stand.
"That kind of sparked the fire," Weldon said. "That ignited the flame and when that happened, everything snowballed. I said 'you know what, I'm doing it for what I believe in. I've already got this thought of walking across the U.S. What better way to get the word out, because I'm going to go through fifteen states.
But the end goal and result that I want to accomplish by the end when I hit the coast of San Francisco is to save one life. If I can save one life, from suicide and from a person suffering from PTSD, that's the goal. It's about saving lives and that's really what I want to do. I want to save the life of someone from PTSD. You know, give them the encouragement that their life means something, they can do something with it.
You know some sacrificed and paid the ultimate price. They shouldn't have to come home and feel like they have no one. They need the support. It's not about asking them what's going on or what they did. It's about being there for them. If they need help, having that reassurance that someone's there for them, that's the purpose and that's kind of what I'm trying to get across."
You can find Weldon on social media to follow his journey as well as contact and support him.
"5000 Miles Discovering America's Heroes," Weldon said. "It's on Facebook, also on Twitter and Instagram @5000MileDiscovery, and, of course email firstname.lastname@example.org
Weldon is traveling along the America Discovery Trail. He will be on Route 50 tomorrow getting back to the trail and heading to Parkersburg.