American and British Veterans walk across America to raise awareness of mental health issues

Jake Hughes
July 02, 2018 - 11:50 am

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Being injured in combat is never an easy thing. Losing your right shoulder and your right eye is hard enough, but one Air Force MSgt had to deal with that, and injuries that hide from sight. Now, she’s taking a long walk to bring awareness to those illnesses.

MSgt Adele Loar was a member of the Office of Special Investigation, which handles criminal cases in the Air Force, when she was injured by an explosively formed penetrator improvised explosive device in Iraq. The attack took the life of her partner and the driver of the vehicle. Due to the loss of her eye, she was forced to go into the Air Force’s Security Forces, where she remained until she retired in 2010. However, it was the wounds she couldn’t see that affected her most once she got out of the service.

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“I was diagnosed with moderate brain injury and PTSD,” says Adele. “I had no community around me to help me figure out why I couldn’t remember anything, or why I was hiding in my basement. I had a hard transition until I found the help I needed.”

It is because of this that Adele is taking part in Walking with the Wounded’s Walk of America. Six service members—three from the U.S., three from the U.K.—started walking on June 2nd of this year in Los Angeles. The journey will be 1,000 miles, ending in New York City on September 6th. The event is geared towards raising awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among service members of both countries. Proceeds from the charity are split 50:50 between the two countries. Prince Harry of the U.K. royal family is a patron of the event.

“Once diagnosed, I understood more of why I acted and reacted the way I did, to certain conditions” says Adele. “However, others don't always understand why I can't remember common things or react in a different way than they may. They especially don't expect a female to have sustained these injuries in combat. And I feel it is important people understand healing the outside physical wounds are sometimes a lot easier than coping with the emotional/mental injuries that are also sustained in combat.”

For more information on the Walk, visit their website.

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