DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – Twelve hours. Twenty-seven miles. One goal.
“It’s to let people know that there are people out there who do care,” Mark Bonovetz said.
Carry The Fallen is a group dedicated to raising awareness for post traumatic stress disorder and veteran suicide.
“On average, 22 veterans a day commit suicide,” said Bonovetz. “It’s just a staggering number.”
On Saturday, June 6th, dozens of people will load up with ruck sacks and march through the streets of greater Green Bay for the group’s third walk.
“By doing this, we’re symbolizing carrying the weight of our fallen brothers and sisters,” explained Bonovetz. “By putting these packs on our backs, going for 12 hours and letting people know that there is a problem.”
It’s an issue that hits close to home for Bonovetz, one of the event organizers and gulf war veteran.
“When we started organizing the event last year, we had a young soldier here who tragically took his life,” he said. “Lost his battle with PTSD.”
Bonovetz marches with that soldier’s name on his pack. A constant reminder of why they walk.
“We have so many veterans who come back and need some sort of help,” he said. “and there’s all these different organizations that are supposed to help, but there’s a lot of gaps that need to be filled and, to me, this is one of those gaps that needs to be filled.”
There is no cost to participate. Donations are being collected for national veteran’s organization, Active Heroes.
“We are making a difference,” added Bonovetz.
For more information on the event, click here.