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Shepherd's Men run through the Star City to raise awareness for veterans

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -  A group running from Boston, Massachusetts to Atlanta, Georgia to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and soldier suicide stops in Roanoke.

The Shepherd's Men say 22 is the average number of veteran suicides per day in the United States.

The group plans to complete their journey wearing a 22 pound vest while running 22 kilometers per day.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte spoke to the runners during their stop.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to help make the community aware of the challenges that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and other places who have mental health challenges, PTSD challenges, and need help," Rep. Goodlatte said.

Runner James Peterson says the organization has helped him both mentally and physically.

"What the program did has truly changed my life and my family's life," said Peterson.

The shepherd's men hope to raise $1 million to benefit the SHARE military initiative.