Marine runs to raise awareness about military suicide

A Marine Corps veteran who is using a cross-country run on behalf of suicide awareness will complete his 300-mile trek this afternoon in Columbus.

Kyle Killinger, who began his journey July 1 in Pentwater, Michigan, has been running roughly 40 miles a day. But he will complete his journey when he reaches the American Legion Post 24 in Columbus about 1 p.m. today.

Among other things, the event is meant to make the public aware that 22 American veterans take their own lives every day.

Following the arrival of Killinger, who is a legion member, a fundraiser will be held at the post, 2515 25th St, with proceeds donated to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

The nonprofit organization was founded by Taya Kyle to honor the life and legacy of service of her husband, “American Sniper” Chris Kyle.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.