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22 VETERANS SUFFERING FROM PTSD DIE BY SUICIDE EVERY DAY.
2 MEN. 1 MISSION. 3000 MILES.

OUR MISSION

1 LIFE SAVED. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Will Owens and Dustin Schnatz and their two best friends "Shooter" and "Konsin" are on a mission to raise awareness and money for organizations focused on helping prevent PTSD related suicide among military Veterans.

THE RUN

IMPERIAL BEACH TO VIRGINIA BEACH

When PTSD was affecting Will, he found the help he needed within the organizations this 3000 mile run now supports. Running across the country offers the perfect blend of giving back and having a healthy outlet for self therapy.

WHAT IS PTSD?

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

A condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.

GET HELP

TO HELP PREVENT SUICIDE

Know about the suicide warning signs and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
To be routed to the Veterans Crisis Line, dial 1 after being connected.

THE RUN BEGAN: MAY 1, 2018 @ 7:30AM

Progress Reaching Our Fundraising Goal
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WILL, DUSTIN, "SHOOTER" AND "KONSIN" ARE RAISING: $20,000 FOR CHARITY

FOLLOW ALONG ON THE JOURNEY

Will & Dustin are running 3000 miles to raise awareness of PTSD & veteran suicide. Help us save those still fighting, 1 life saved: mission accomplished.
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WILL OWENS

MARINE CORPS VETERAN

Will Owens left the Marine Corps prior to 9/11 but was still filled with a patriotic duty to serve his country, so he started working as a private security contractor with Blackwater in 2004.

After several years he left Blackwater but continued to work and deploy as a security contractor around the world. Having spent a significant number of years contracting, Will decided he would attempt transitioning to a more traditional profession. As the transition and stresses of life started to take place, issues of PTSD started to show.

Being overwhelmed but still the Marine who was used to sucking it up and carrying on, Will attempted to trudged along on his own; however, Will soon found myself hitting rock bottom. Losing everything he loved and that was of value to him, Will was ready to end it all. Fortunately, with the help of great friends and Save A Warrior, Will was able to get back the life he deserved.

Getting his life back also meant that Will wanted to give back and do something greater than himself, to have a purpose again.

Will decided he would run from San Diego to Virginia Beach to raise money and awareness for PTSD and PTSD influenced suicide among Veterans, First Responders, and Security Contractors.

Will is running roughly 2,895 miles in a total of 47 days, averaging 62 miles per day. The money raised during this run will be donated to programs like Save A Warrior that successfully helps those facing PTSD, as well as Active Valor that helps Gold Star families.

ALL FINANCIAL SUPPORT GOES TOWARDS SUPPORTING MILITARY VETERANS AND OUR MISSION OF AWARENESS ACROSS AMERICA.

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DUSTIN SCHNATZ

MARINE CORPS VETERAN

Dustin Schnatz is a Marine Corps Combat Veteran who served two tours in Iraq. Through his service, Dustin and his fellow Marines were exposed to the effects of PTSD. Dustin continues to live with the many struggles of PTSD, one of which is not feeling purposeful. Thankfully, Dustin found purpose by surrounding himself with other veterans who understood his struggle and by giving back to their families.

Serving others allowed Dustin to feel less alone and drove his desire to help; this was further realized when Dustin became the Founder and President of Project Build Up, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the home lives of wounded veterans with ongoing mobility issues. It was through networking for Project Build Up that Dustin crossed paths with Will Owens, a fellow Marine Corps Veteran who shared a similar background and struggle with PTSD.

Through shared stories, it became evident that supporting others through their various struggles, actually enhanced their own self therapy. For Dustin, spontaneity and adventure strengthened his motivation to continue experiencing what life has to offer. So, when Will, who uses running as an outlet, shared his desire to create awareness of PTSD and PTSD influenced suicide among veterans, by running across the country, Dustin was the perfect companion to keep Will motivated along the way.

This journey is as much about Dustin and Will individually, as it is about the feeling of purpose they are evoking in each other and the strength within a community.

- Meet "Konsin"

Dustin would have never reached his point of feeling purpose by helping others without the companionship of his dog, Konsin, who was ever reliant upon Dustin and provided the drive to live for adventure and fun. In return, Dustin received the unconditional affection he needed to keep going. Konsin is embarking on this journey as a reminder that a supportive best friend is just a face lick away!

ALL FINANCIAL SUPPORT GOES TOWARDS SUPPORTING MILITARY VETERANS AND OUR MISSION OF AWARENESS ACROSS AMERICA.

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The Law Firm of Gordon & Doner, PA is proud of the millions of Veterans who honorably served our great nation. Will and Dustin’s selfless efforts to raise awareness for those struggling with PTSD is commendable and a cause close to our hearts. It is our privilege to support them on their arduous journey across the United States. www.InjuredVeterans.com

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