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Men run to raise awareness for veterans lost, struggling with PTSD

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(WDAY)—Around 11:00 Wednesday night, four men from Fargo-Moorhead will begin a run that starts at the Canadian border and will end in the Southeast corner of North Dakota; it's an effort to raise awareness about PTSD and Veterans.

Money raised will go to the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation.

Brady was a veteran from Ulen, Minnesota who died by suicide after returning from war in Afghanistan.

Fresh flowers for the Memorial Day Weekend decorate the grave of Brady Oberg near Ulen Wednesday afternoon.

The young man they called larger than life, who is still making a difference today.

Four men from Fargo who never met Brady Oberg came to honor his memory, hours before starting a ruck run which they hope will save a life.

"Puts it into perspective why and what we are going and the reason for it," said John Dalziel, once deployed.

The men gathered at Brady's grave before running from the border near Pembina to the ND/SD border.

Solemn moments come with a reading of names.

"We will go through the names of those from the 10th Mountain who died from suicide," said Dalziel.

And a tradition of leaving quarters behind with the fallen.

"We do it so the soldiers so he has money so he can start the tab on the other side, for us, when we get together again," said one runner.

Dalziel knows the pain of war and coming home, that's why he is running.

"Just trying to get one person, to pick up the phone and call, 20 every day is too many," said Dalziel.

While the three others did not serve, the passion to run for purpose is strong.

"I feel like our country is going in the wrong direction and we need to take care of the people who fought for our freedom, without them we would not be free," said Trent Dawson.

The Border to Border Ruck Run will start late Wednesday night, and will not end until Saturday as the Memorial Day weekend begins.

The men will take 10 mile commitments, and then rotate.

More than 200 miles to think about what's been lost, and how to keep it from happening again.

"I serve with honor, my God, my country and my Corps," said Dalziel, "saying prayer, Lord protect us watch over the loved ones I leave behind."

When the team finishes the run at noon, Saturday, they will gather for a celebration in Fargo at 5:00 p.m. at Prairie Brothers Brewing.

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Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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