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Soldiers, friends and family march to spread awareness about veteran suicide

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About 30 soldiers, friends and family members gathered for the Carry the Fallen ruck walk, a national campaign to spread awareness about the veteran suicide epidemic. Local veteran group Compass Quest organized the walk.


Twenty two veterans commit suicide on average each month, making up about 21 percent of all suicides.  

Joplin veteran Robert Wood lost his close friend, a fellow soldier, to suicide. 


"And we don't want to lose anymore. So it's important that we all know what a problem this is and what we can do to help change it."


The ruck  spanned 13.6 miles, some of which coincided with the parade. Anyone in need of help can call 1-800-273-8255.


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