Sunday, October 9, 2016

Veteran Carries Skeleton and Burden of Suicide

Veteran carries skeleton around to raise awareness to veteran suicides
WTEN
Published: October 8, 2016
“Anything we deem burdensome were going to internalize and hold in our core until it rots us”

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A New York veteran is walking through Capital Region carrying a skeleton.

His picture has been viewed almost 40,000 times on Facebook. That’s because the skeleton represents another one of his brothers in arms who took their own life.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In John Newcomb’s case, it’s worth tens of thousands.

“You are never too heavy, I will carry you.”

The mission of this army veteran from Watervliet is going viral.

8News sister station, NEWS10 ABC, caught up with him walking past the Albany VA carrying a 40-pound pack and a skeleton draped over his shoulders.

He’s spreading a powerful message that too many veterans are killed by suicide.

“Most of it was on compulsion. I just lost another one from my company.”

He’s traveled through Troy, Watervliet, and Latham and plans on walking across the country, hoping to make a difference.
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