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Mowhawk Man on a marching mission

Update: 10:01 pm, 10/19/13, Saturday DANVILLE -- An area man so admires the men and women who've fought for America he wants to make sure a problem plaguing thousands of them gets attention.
Update: 10:01 pm, 10/19/13, Saturday
DANVILLE -- An area man so admires the men and women who've fought for America he wants to make sure a problem plaguing thousands of them gets attention. One in five veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan is diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

It's why dozens gathered to say goodbye to one man determined to take steps toward helping their cause. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has the story.

Mowhawk Man, as he likes to be called, is walking to Washington, D.C. That's more than 700 miles. He hopes to bring awareness to bring awareness to a topic he believes is swept under the rug; treatment for military members and veterans living with PTSD.

"Everyday, 22 men and women who serve this nation will take their lives."

Those numbers can be difficult to understand unless someone's walked in their shoes. Mowhawk Man has boots of his own and hopes his cross-country trek can get that striking statistic noticed.

"When we are telling people that are serving that we're going to take care of them, we're going to be there for them, that we appreciate their service to us, we should show that by action."

He feels not enough is being done to help veterans like Travis Mikel who struggles with PTSD.

"Iraq was fight, fight, fight everyday fight. It took its toll after awhile. I'm learning to adjust to it. I've been out since 2009 and I'm still adjusting to it. I recently had to go to the VA for ten days due to PTSD symptoms again."

"If we have proper funding for our VA hospitals, for our veteran organizations, they can handle this and it can be treated. It's treatable."

Walking alongside Mowhawk Man Saturday were children, supporting their dad who died in battle. Mikel is marching toward his recovery.

"I'm back to counseling every week. With counseling, I see the doctors about every month to six weeks to check on my medicine status and everything. I've got to take two different kinds of medicine. One to sleep, one to help me with my depression and mood and anxiety."

Mowhawk's supporters were sad to see him go, but 700 miles isn't enough to stop him; not for the people he feels are worth fighting for.

"Each step is going to be a chance for change, a chance for awareness, a chance to fix the problem."

This is the first walk Mowhawk Man has done. He plans to walk 50-miles to Crawfordsville and arriving in D.C. on November 9, just in time for a rally for veterans.
Original: 10:07 pm, 10/18/13, Friday
DANVILLE -- If you were going to walk 700 miles, you would want to leave on a full stomach. After a farewell dinner, Friday night, Mowhawk Man is ready. He leaves for Washington, D.C., Saturday and will walk the whole way there.

He's doing it to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder. Mowhawk's supporters are hungry for change.

Families and friends of those suffering PTSD came out to raise money for the cause. Mowhawk man will start walking Saturday morning.
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