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Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:03 am

The “Masked Veteran,” Joshua Jorgensen, is running across Iowa to support awareness for veterans with PTSD and depressions. National statistics show that 20 veterans commit suicide every day because of the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and depression.

Jorgensen is an Iowa Army veteran who is hoping to spread the word about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by running across the state of Iowa. During the run, he is wearing a military-issued gas mask. Some are even calling him the masked veteran.

Jorgensen has been training for the past six months for the September run, a total of 330 miles. He is hoping to complete the run in 10 days or less, running over 30 miles a day. He says the mask represents the struggle many veterans face on a daily basis.

"It says I'm struggling with those same things, but I'm getting up every day and I'm doing this. I'm putting myself in an even bigger struggle, because I know there's an end and I can make it through it so, so can you," Jorgensen said.

Jorgenson is part of Team Fidelis, a nationwide group working to end the epidemic of veteran suicide. If you are a veteran struggling with PTSD, he says to visit teamfidelis.org or your local VA.

Jorgensen will be arriving at the Welcome Home Soldier Monument around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 escorted by the Monroe County Law Enforcement and the Patriot Guard. Food will be provided at $5 a plate, donated by Jim & Charlies and the Albia Hy-Vee. KIIC will be present to add music to the event.

The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the meal. All proceeds will go to the Masked Veteran to support his mission.

An order form for a Masked Veteran t-shirt is found on in Tuesday's Monroe County News.

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