ELLSWORTH, Kan. (KWCH) A cross-country effort that began with the first steps in May makes its way to Kansas. An Army veteran is walking across the United States to raise awareness about veteran suicide.
In the Sunflower State, veteran Jeremy Miller is about halfway through his journey. Friday, he spoke with Eyewitness News about the effort as he takes a short break, spending a couple days in Ellsworth. Sunday morning, he'll start walking again with a special sendoff from the American Legion.
In his coast-to-coast walk, Miller is bringing light to an issue he's all too familiar with.
"After I got back from my deployment in 2011, within three years, we lost four guys to suicide," he says. "We didn't lose any in Iraq. So, that hits hard, especially in the veteran community. Also, about four months ago, I tried to take my own life."
That's when Miller decided to turn things around, for himself and other veterans. He hopes his cross-country journey helps people open up about mental health and to realize, they are not alone.
"I'm trying to reach people and speak to as many people as possible," he says.
He says he appreciates the support he's received in Kansas.
"As soon as I got into Kansas, everybody has been waving at me, stopping and seeing if I need anything, bringing me water bottles to the side of the road," Miller says. "Wilson and Ellsworth have had the best welcomings I've had the whole time. I think you can only find that in Kansas."
You can follow Miller's effort on his Facebook page: Walk Across America 22.