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Veterans advocate hopes cross country trek raises PTSD awareness

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Neil Davis during his stay in Manchester. (WFSB photo) Neil Davis during his stay in Manchester. (WFSB photo)

A veterans advocate has a long road ahead.

Sunday night, Neil Davis said he made a pit stop in Connecticut to take a short rest and hopefully raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder.

Davis told Eyewitness News that the toughest battle many veterans have to fight occur long after they return home.

That’s why he’s hoping to help them one mile at a time.

Davis is trekking across the United States.

"When I planned this idea a year ago, it seemed like the best idea in the world,” he said. “When I started in August, it seemed like the worst idea in the world.”

However, he’s still going strong.

Davis said he’s a United Kingdom army veteran who also worked for the United States Defense Department. His mission now is to raise awareness about PTSD.

"Just because they've come back from war doesn't mean the war has stopped for those people,” he said.

Davis’s inspiration came after returning home from Afghanistan. He said soldiers in the U.K. and U.S. with PTSD do not receive the help they need.

Davis said he doesn’t know how to solve the problem, but he hopes to help start a conversation.

"Hopefully somebody important, somebody of influence will see what I’m doing and agree that we need to treat both countries’ veterans better,” Davis said.

He stayed with a friend in Manchester Sunday night and planned to hit the road early Monday morning.

The trek began in Rhode Island last week. Davis said his hope is to reach California buy Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

"Leave no man behind and that's exactly what's happening when people come home,” Davis said. “They're being left behind."

To follow Davis’s journey, check out his Facebook page here.

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