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Published on January 7th 2020
Travis Snyder: A U.S. Marine veteran who hiked 810 miles in 42 days around Lake Michigan to raise public awareness of veteran suicides

Travis Snyder
Travis Snyder
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Since 9/11, 2.77 million U.S. veterans have served in the U.S.'s wars, and many of them and their families have paid a severe price.

Included in that price, about 16 veterans a day commit suicide according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Travis, who had been deployed in Afghanistan and lost a friend there, decided to take action.

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Last August 26th, 32-year-old Travis began his hike.

As word of his mission spread, people started greeting him and offering him their support.

Instead of camping outdoors as he had planned, so many beds and meals were offered, he never did sleep outdoors or go hungry.

"In a good way, it was a little overwhelming," Travis told CNN.

On day 34, Travis rescued a kitten, who he named Gulliver, from the classic, "Gulliver's Travels."

Travis Snyder
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A friend took care of tiny Gulliver until Travis completed his journey.

At the end of his journey, Travis arrived with three more Marines, and other supporters. And little Gulliver was in the crowd to greet them.

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All the while, Travis had been posting on his Facebook Page.

His last post read, "This is our main objective; to bring a light to a situation that needs answers, and needs attention.

"You and I are to be that light, and to help those that are combating those challenges everyday. Together, we will make a tremendous difference."

Editor's Note: To learn more: CNN article, Forbes, and mentalhealth.va.gov.

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