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Army vet raises suicide awareness

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 02:40 pm

U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Geartz will ride his wheelchair 22 miles a day as part of a 422For22 fundraising campaign to raise awareness of the suicide crisis among veterans. 

Geartz will begin his trek May 27 at  American Legion Post 31 in Angola and will take 35 days to reach Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, N.Y. on July 1.

Geartz was hit by an improvised explosive device in September 2003 and struggles daily with pain and has dealt with thoughts of suicide. 

Geartz will travel 422 miles in all, but 22 miles daily — the number of veterans who commit suicide each day.

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