Columbus man running to raise funds to fight PTSD

A Columbus native and a U.S. Marine from 2007 to 2009 will run a nine-day, 342-mile route from Pentwater, Michigan, to the local American Legion Post No. 24 in July to raise awareness and money to fight post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans.

Kyle Killinger will run from July 1 to 9 with a goal of raising $10,000 for the cause. He was inspired to do something to help when he met a Marine last year going cross country for such a cause.

Killinger said funds would be donated to Wish For Our Heroes and also to the legion, to be funneled into programs helping former military personnel facing PTSD. Donations can be made through Killinger’s Facebook page at 300 Miles Because He’s My Brother or his Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/300miles.

“By raising awareness and talking about PTSD, we show veterans our support and so they won’t ever feel alone,” Killinger said.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.