Meet Travis Snyder who is a United States Marine Veteran who served between 2012-2018. He embarked on a journey around Lake Michigan covering a distance of over 900 miles to promote Veteran Suicide Awareness in August 2019. He supported Mission 22, a non-profit that works with veterans and their loved ones to combat the high suicide rates.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has revealed that on average, 20 veterans commit suicide every day, mainly caused by PTSD. Snyder’s journey took 42 days that started and ended in Manistee. His journey received national attention with dozens of people joining him throughout his walks and especially on his final stretch.
Snyder started a Facebook page to keep his family and friends updated but soon it gained momentum and was picked up by the national press. The page grew to 4500 followers, who were all supporting the Marine corps veteran on his tour for greater good around Lake Michigan.
Since completing his walk, Snyder is keeping the Facebook page live to continue raising awareness for the high rates of veteran suicides and to post encouraging words to veterans who may be suffering from PTSD. We need more veterans to speak up if they are suffering and seek help before it’s too late.