A Chiver’s Trek Across the Country
Meet Ernesto, a Chiver from our Clarksville, Tennessee Chapter. Ernest is nearing the finish line of a cross-country trek to raise awareness for PTSD. I’ll let Ernesto take it from here:
My name is Ernesto Rodriguez, I am 34 years old, a Father, and a Veteran. I deployed on four tours of duty – two to Iraq and two to Afghanistan. I’ve seen a lot in my time as a soldier and I have lost just as much. Many friends have passed on some through combat and some after. Most of them have taken their lives due to the inability to cope or understand how to live life after seeing so much horror and the guilt that is placed on their soldiers knowing families are living without their husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers, while they get to return home.
I have committed myself to becoming an advocate and loudspeaker from those who suffer from an epidemic in this country we know as PTSD. I have decided to take the task of walking across the country to raise awareness and try to shine light on this matter.
I started in Clarksville, TN. My final destination is Los Angeles, California. I miss home terribly but know this is for a bigger purpose. I have had a gun drawn on me, a coyote stalk me for a few miles before I swung my walking stick at him. All I ask for as I walk is a warm room and a hot meal. a haircut and beard trim from time to time.
My route from here has taken me through Dallas-Ft Worth, El Paso, Tuscon, Phoenix and will end in Los Angeles, where I will take the flag I have carried since the beginning and plant it on the west coast to symbolize the end of this journey, but hopefully not the end of this message.
Please give Ernesto a follow on Instagram and Twitter to see his journey.