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METRO—As many of us begin the holiday weekend Friday night, a group from Fargo-Moorhead is walking for a purpose.

In an effort to raise awareness about PTSD and Veterans suicide, the four men are raising money for the Brady Oberg Foundation.

Brady was a Ulen, Minnesota man who died by suicide after returning from Afghanistan.

As temperatures flirted with 90 degrees on Friday, Trent Dawson walked faster than some of us run.

"We got another two miles, so we are getting there. Slowly but surely," said Trent Dawson, Border to Border

For his ten mile leg Friday morning, Trent recruited friends from Fargo Crossfit to come along for moral support.

"Got a lot of energy because of the people with us, I started off fast, a lot of adrenaline, so this is really helping," said Trent.

Trent is one of four men walking from the Canadian border all the way to the ND-SD border.

The reason is simple, yet heartbreaking.

"Represents the 20 suicides committed by veterans every day in the United States, and for a guy never in the military, that really got my attention," Trent.

As Trent walked through Hendrum, Minnesota, other members of his team prepared to welcome him after his highway heroics; all mindful what this was about.

"Take the war out of the warrior and get them help, asking for help is not a weakness, I know first hand," said John Dalziel, Veteran.

As we first showed you on Wednesday, the men had stopped by the grave of Brady Oberg of Ulen, who died, after the war.

He was a member of the 10th Mountain division, nobody in his division died in Afghanistan.

Once they got, 14 died by suicide, 140 of them, that is 10 percent, 10 percent," said John.

The four men have walked since midnight Wednesday night and they have walked through the night; one foot in front of the other and mindful of their purpose.

"More than just going to the lake and having fun, we have to remember," said Trent.

Trent made it to his rest stop in time to pass on the duty to partner Jeremy.

While several miles lay ahead, the group hopes one veteran gets the message.

We checked the maps and the "Ruck-Run" is more than half way there as of Friday at 6:00 p.m.

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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