Retired Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Novak is walking across the continental United States to raise awareness of the nation’s 22 veterans we lose, on average, to suicide each day. Novak served in the United States Army for 21 years and is passionate about spreading inspiration for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or thoughts of suicide. Novak waves goodbye as he leaves early in the moring on April 19, 2019 after staying one night during his trek at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho. “I am out here to tell my fellow veterans that you are never alone,” said Novak. “Seeking help and reaching out is difficult and it requires courage, but it is a sign of strength and a sign of resiliency. If you need help, I am here for you. Please reach out and let someone help you. You are important. You are valuable. You are irreplaceable.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
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