Man to run across Iowa spreading the word about PTSD

Published: Jul. 19, 2017 at 5:50 AM CDT
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Joshua Jorgensen is an Iowa Army Veteran who is hoping to spread the word about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by running across the state of Iowa.

During the run, he is wearing a military-issued gas mask. Some are even calling him the masked veteran.

Jorgensen has been training for the past six months for the September run, a total of 330 miles. He is hoping to complete the run in ten days or less, running over 30 miles a day.

He says the mask represents the struggle many veterans face on a daily basis.

"It says I'm struggling with those same things, but I'm getting up every day and I'm doing this. I'm putting myself in an even bigger struggle, because I know there's an end and I can make it through it so, so can you," Jorgensen said.

Jorgenson is part of Team Fidelis, a nationwide group working to end the epidemic of veteran suicide. If you are a veteran struggling with PTSD, he says to visit

or your local VA.

You can learn more about his run by visiting their