For MSgt Adele Loar, making her way to Colorado wasn’t just another stop on a national tour to raise awareness for mental health- it was a homecoming of sorts.
‘It’s pretty awesome and I’ve gotten to see old friends that are stationed here locally, so they came out to support me and the team,’ said Loar who was stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.
Aurora was Loar’s final assignment during her time in the Air Force, so it holds a special place in her heart.
As the only woman in the group of 6 U.S. and U.K service men and women- she says it’s been an emotional experience sharing her story and the story of her fellow veterans on the road.
On Saturday, the group made their way to Colorado Springs- beginning the final leg of their time in Colorado.
The effort is called ‘Walk of America,’ and it’s a movement to raise awareness for mental illness, PTSD, and the challenges many veterans face after their time in combat.
Loar, who lost an eye in combat and has battled with PTSD and depression, says one of her most cherished experiences so far was meeting up with people she served with in Afghanistan.
‘When someone tells you thank for what you’re doing you’re actually helping us out, you can’t help but feel good about what you’re doing,’ said Loar.
Admittedly, Loar says seeing Mount Rushmore ranks at the top as well, ‘It’s been on my bucket list,’ said Loar.
The national movement is making its way across the nation, the next stop is in Kansas City.
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