Marine Corps Veteran Ryan Weldon recently completed his 5,000 mile walk across the country to bring awareness to PTSD.
Weldon, the nephew of Vandalia’s Larry and Kathy Langson, filmed himself live on Facebook as he reached the ocean in San Francisco, California on March 19.
He was greeted by his mother, whom he had not seen since starting his journey on Valentine’s Day in Dover, Delaware.
“As a pre/post 9/11 veteran, I know firsthand how PTSD effects daily life and the lives of family and friends,” Weldon has said on his gofundme.com page entitled ‘5000 Mile Discovery,’ in which he’s still accepting donations after achieving his $10,000 goal.
The 400-day journey took him through Vandalia during June 2015 where he told “The Vandalia Leader” that he enjoyed some homecooking from the Langstons, who he had not visited in 20 years.
A billboard has since been erected in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to show his journey and to bring awareness to PTSD.
Weldon is expected to spend some time in the Houston, Texas area to continue his awareness journey.
Kathy Langston said her family is pretty excited for Weldon in completing his journey across the county, but noted that this isn’t the end of Weldon’s goal of bringing awareness to PTSD.
Learn more about his journey by visiting Weldon’s Facebook page called “5000milesdisoveringamericaheroes.”