ATLANTA - Veterans from across the country spent Memorial Day in Atlanta on a special mission. They finished the last leg of a six-state marathon that started a week ago in Pennsylvania.
The retired Marines and soldiers call themselves “Shepherd's Men.”
Jarrad Turner was among 17 veterans and dozens of supporters who gathered at the Historic King Center. Their annual mission as Shepherd's Men is to raise money for and attention to the 22 American veterans who commit suicide each day after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
Turner who is a retired Army Combat Medic and each of these Shepherd's Men graduated from Shepherd Center's Share Military Initiative.
The run marked the last of eight half marathons across the East Coast and Southeast, that is until next Memorial Day when the vets gather not just to honor fallen heroes, but to keep heroes from falling.