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500 Mile March for PTSD Will Happen in Spring

The March from Oregon to California will take place after winter thaws.

U.S. soldiers on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan
U.S. soldiers on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan
Salem-News.com photo by Tim King

(SALEM, Ore.) - The date for our planned 500-Mile March for PTSD has been moved to Spring. We had originally intended to conduct the march in September, but the extension will allow us to be fully prepared and not operating in haste.

The march will raise funds for our hour-ling television documentary on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD. We completed a production trip just weeks ago in Oregon, California and Arizona, gaining significant material for the program.

Our next immediate plan is to travel to Washington state to record interviews and footage of an art display dedicated to helping sufferers of PTSD, and then back to Sacramento to interview several key people who we were not able to connect with on the last trip.

The documentary will feature interviews with soldiers and Marines with their boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, who talk about PTSD and what they are doing to avoid having it as an aspect of their lives.

The point of it is to educate people who have PTSD and family members of combat veterans afflicted with this disorder, to give them ideas that they can put to use. There are many approaches and many degrees of PTSD, and there is no single answer to offer as a remedy. Instead we are showing the programs and therapies that can actually make a difference.

We also are aware of the fact that combat is only one reason why people suffer from PTSD. This documentary will be a useful tool for all Americans who have Post Traumatic Stress.

Bonnie and I are the main people at Salem-News.com who keep the news flowing from our team of volunteer writers. We are trying hard to being significant change to this nation and we appreciate the support of those who have helped us. The first thought that brings to mind is the group, Veterans United for Truth, which already made a donation to help our efforts.

We hope more people will come onboard and offer financial assistance, so that we can move this important mission forward. We work seven days a week on Salem-News.com and with few exceptions, it has been that way for more than five solid years. We dance to the beat of a different drum and that is what has allowed us to go as far as we have with this.

We are also working actively to expose the level of TCE (trichloroethylene) contamination at my former Marine base, El Toro in Southern California. Too many El Toro Marines have died of cancer and we believe two of our sons who had serious medical issues as small children, can trace their problems to the heavily contaminated base.

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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), the first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several other awards including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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