Vets in Dickson march to fight suicide

Veterans in Dickinson are declaring their own war. A war on Veterans' Suicide.

Veterans and their families are on the march for those that can't. People are encouraged to come and talk and listen to those around them on the long walk.

"I myself, I've woken up to a loaded pistol and an empty bottle. It's just, it's something that's hard to bring out, but with other veterans it's a lot easier to talk about, cause we've shared those experiences," said Cutler Brost, Co-founder of the walk.

Veterans taking their own lives is an endemic problem. Brost served in Second Battalion, of the Seventh Marines. Nicknamed the Forgotten Battalion it holds one of the highest suicide rates in the Corp.

"We don't want to lose any brothers or sisters in arms, and if we can just show the community that we're here to support each other, and other veterans out there, to let them know that we're here for each other and we're here for them," said Jessica Clifton, the Stark County Veteran Service Officer.

The hike is 22 kilometers long, for the 22 veterans that commit suicide every day in the United States.

"Hopefully some day we'll be doing a five K instead of a twenty-two k, and then pretty soon we won't have to, cause nobody'll be taking there own lives. You know, that's the goal," said Brost.

Brost has lost 16 of his brothers in arms to suicide in the three years since he left the service. He doesn't want to bury one more.