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POSTED: March 31, 2014 9:48 a.m.
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Among those who carried heavy rucksacks Saturday to raise awareness and funds for those suffering post traumatic stress syndrome were Stacia Wingate, Ryan Jones, Tiffany Killian, Jody Barnette, Tom Nash, Ricky Peavy, Kim Kersker, Danny Strzyzewski, Brittni Andrews and Kelli Turner.

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If you think carrying a 35-pound rucksack on a 26-mile hike is a piece of cake, Tom Nash wants a word with you.

“It breaks your body down,” Nash said.

Nash should know. He was one of 12 who walked with a heavy rucksack from River Street to Richmond Hill Saturday to raise money and awareness for military veterans and their families who suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

Nash said the walkers, three of whom were active duty soldiers from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield carry the rucksacks to better understand the physical pain and mental anguish veterans feel after serving in difficult, and often, life-threatening conditions.

 The group ended their daylong, 26-mile trek at Flashback, a bar on Ford Avenue. 

Read the full story in the April 2 edition of the News.

 

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