Veteran trekking across the U.S., raising P.T.S.D. awareness, stops in Bowling Green
An Army veteran biking around the country and raising awareness about suicide among veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, rolled through Bowling Green Tuesday.
Eli Smith made a stop on his 4-Corners trek to speak with WNKY at the National Corvette Museum.
Smith started walking across the country in November 2016 and stopped a year later to continue on a bicycle.
So far, he has walked and rode a combined 10,600 miles. His plan is to visit each corner of the United States. If all goes to plan, his voyage will end sometime in November 2019.
In each city, he stops and speaks with people and groups about P.T.S.D. and how, on average, 20 veterans commit suicide every day from the disorder.
Smith, who has lost his own friends suffering from P.T.S.D., says the support he’s received has been amazing.
"I feel extremely privileged and lucky to be on this journey because I feel I’m more of an instrument and the people are the musicians," Smith said. I’m being used to get the message out there and I wouldn’t be able to do that without the great people."
After journeying through Kentucky, Smith will head to Indiana and then Ohio.