Veteran Walks from Washington State to Walt Disney World for Suicide Awareness


I am covering this because I feel that it’s something that is important and impressive and needs to be reported on!

Mental health is important and although steps are being taken to make it more and more acceptable to talk about there is still a long way to go. But Army veteran Jimmy Novak, 42, is taking the steps, both literally and figuratively, towards awareness.

“So, what I hope to do by being out here is to encourage people who are struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts to reach out and seek help early.-Novak”

Mr. Novak is walking 22 miles a day to raise awareness of the high suicide rate with veterans. 22 miles a day to represent the 22 veterans a day who die by suicide. He’s currently scheduled to arrive in Walt Disney World tomorrow according to the New York Post.

Jimmy started walking from his home in Washington state on March 22 and he will reach Walt Disney World, five months and over 2,700 miles later, on August 22nd.

It’s been a long journey but he has been supported and encouraged along the way.

“Everywhere I go, people want to help me be successfulSo, I’ve walked into strangers’ yards to ask for water and had them not only fill up my water, but offer me a place to stay for the night and a meal.- Novak”

When he reaches his final destination tomorrow his family will be waiting and it will be his birthday! Happy Birthday early Mr. Novak!

I wish I could be there because I think what he did is truly amazing and incredibly important. I really hope that Disney is aware of this and does something to honor his effort and sacrifice to raise suicide awareness and help his fellow soldiers.

Mr. Novak I love what you did and I find it truly inspiring.  I hope you and your family have an amazing time at Walt Disney World. There should be a special runDisney medal for something like this!

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Source: Fox 35 News- Reposted on the New York Post. 

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