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Walk Of Life Participants Reflect On Cross-Country Journey

Posted Nov 10, 2017

A group of veterans are walking from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about suicide prevention and called into "Redskins Nation" to discuss their journey.

As part of the culmination of their journey across the country, U.S. Army and Iraq War veterans Adam Lingo and Joseph Cox will visit FedExField on Sunday for the Redskins’ Salute to Service game.

Their attendance will finish up their “Walk of Life,” a trek they made by foot from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to bring awareness to an estimated 22 military veteran suicides per day.

Just before starting their walk, which spanned over 22 weeks, a friend of theirs committed suicide, giving both men more reason to bring awareness throughout the trek across the country.

“It is an epidemic that doesn’t seem to get a lot of the attention that it should,” Lingo said on “Redskins Nation.” “There are a lot of veterans out there that don’t seek help when they really need it.”

The two of them charted an average of 15-20 miles per day, stopping into local towns and cities hoping to spread news about their cause.

“It’s absolutely grueling,” said Cox. “Physically, it’s rough. Mentally you get out to these place, you see the end in sight. Emotionally it wears you down because you take all this time away from your family and friends. If we didn’t really believe in this, there’s no way that we could have stayed committed to it and that we’d finish this and make it as far as we have.”

Both of them have been inspired by the people they’ve met and the places they’ve been to.

“It’s been one of the most humbling experiences ever,” Lingo said. “You’ve got people stopping cars in the middle of the road just to say hey, we support you guys”.

As part of the culmination of their journey across the country, U.S. Army and Iraq War veterans Adam Lingo and Joseph Cox will visit FedExField on Sunday for the Redskins’ Salute to Service game.

Their attendance will finish up their “Walk of Life,” a trek they made by foot from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to bring awareness to an estimated 22 military veteran suicides per day.

Just before starting their walk, which spanned over 22 weeks, a friend of theirs committed suicide, giving both men more reason to bring awareness throughout the trek across the country.

“It is an epidemic that doesn’t seem to get a lot of the attention that it should,” Lingo said on “Redskins Nation.” “There are a lot of veterans out there that don’t seek help when they really need it.”

The two of them charted an average of 15-20 miles per day, stopping into local towns and cities hoping to spread news about their cause.

“It’s absolutely grueling,” said Cox. “Physically, it’s rough. Mentally you get out to these place, you see the end in sight. Emotionally it wears you down because you take all this time away from your family and friends. If we didn’t really believe in this, there’s no way that we could have stayed committed to it and that we’d finish this and make it as far as we have.”

Both of them have been inspired by the people they’ve met and the places they’ve been to.

“It’s been one of the most humbling experiences ever,” Lingo said. “You’ve got people stopping cars in the middle of the road just to say hey, we support you guys”.

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