Group of vets walk cross-country to highlight struggle with suicide

Posted at 9:28 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 16:17:41-04

TULSA -- It's the walk of a lifetime, veterans walking from coast to coast and it's all for a good cause. 

It started June 16th from the Santa Monica, CA. Now two men who met in Iraq and spent multiple deployments together are walking in honor of their brothers who can't. 

A group of vets have almost everything they need for a long walk ahead. 

“I’m absolutely proud to be an American," vet Adam Lingo said. 

“On the 31st of March, one of the guys that was really supporting us, one day he seemed perfectly fine and the next thing I know he is writing a succeed note and he’s gone," Joseph Cox said. 

Now, all they need is company as they work to finish a long walk across the country. 

“22 veterans a day commit suicide so our goal is to make it to Washington, D.C. across the country from coast to coast in 22 weeks," Lingo said. 

They plan to cross off each state as they go. Their next stop is St. Louis and they're planning to take Route 66. 

"10 to 12 years ago it was take a bullet for you now it's just you got to keep us alive," vet Jason Bebo said. 

Bebo is now an accountant. He knows the struggle with adapting to life after the military. 

“One morning you sit down and eat breakfast with the guys in your squad and that afternoon you’re putting them in a body bag," he said. 

That's why he decided to walk and has been for the last two weeks. 

"It's like going home and talking to your brother," Bebo said. 

Because once a team, always a team. 

“We now do 22 to 25 miles a day and get one day off every six to seven days," Bebo said. 

Together, they'll make it and have a little bit of fun on the way. 

The group plans to arrive in Washington, D.C. on Veteran's Day. 

To find out more about the group, click here.