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Group marching through CT to raise awareness about veteran suicide

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COVENTRY, CT (WFSB) -

A group of military heroes are marching through Connecticut as part of a fight to end an epidemic that is a plaguing the military, and America. 

The men and women are walking all the way from Boston to New York City and said they hope that with every single stem, they move closer to wiping out veteran suicide. 

With ruck packs on their backs, the group calls themselves Carry the Fallen.

“It's supposed to symbolize carrying the burden for all those people that can't do it anymore,” said Staff Sgt. Shaun Morand.

Two of the marchers, First Lt. Kristen Heavens and Morand are from Connecticut.

Like everyone who is part of Carry the Fallen, they have lost friends to veteran suicide.

Morand lost a friend and Heavens lost a family member.

“My grandfather was a 20-year Navy vet who took his life before I was born,” Heavens said.

At least three members of Carry the Fallen will stay on the road at all times.  They march in six hour shifts. 

The marchers are on pace to arrive at the Freedom Tower in New York City on Friday Sept. 11. 

The group said they hope to honor all the men and women who died on that day, as well as let all of America’s veterans know that they will always have their backs.

The journey is 220 miles long, 10 miles for each of the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

The marchers were also inspired by Major Justin Fitch, who has terminal cancer but is dedicating the rest of his life to military suicide prevention.

To follow the journey, click here.

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