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Coast Guard Veteran Robert Luna Walks Across America to Raise Awareness for Mental Health

Robert Luna, a Coast Guard veteran and retired chief petty officer, is walking more than 2,200 miles across America, all to raise awareness for military and veteran mental health.
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by Jennifer Crowley Fyke
May 28, 2024

Robert Luna, a Coast Guard veteran and retired chief petty officer, is walking more than 2,200 miles across America, all to raise awareness for military and veteran mental health. Luna, who served in the U. S. Coast Guard for 28 years, began his journey on May 18 in Weaver, Alabama. He plans to reach Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach by September.

Throughout his journey, Luna is meeting with veterans, mental health professionals, and community leaders to discuss the importance of mental health care. He is also leveraging social media to share stories and resources, aiming to destigmatize mental health and encourage those in need to seek help.

Luna's walk is not just about raising awareness; it's also about raising support. He has partnered with several non-profit organizations that focus on mental health services for active-duty service members and veterans, including the Coast Guard Foundation.  

Despite the physical and emotional challenges of his journey, Luna is determined.

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"Every step I take is a step towards hope and healing for me, active-duty Coast Guard members, veterans, and everyone within the military community,” he said.

Support is already strong, with local businesses and individuals offering food, lodging, and moral support along the way. In cities and small towns alike, people are turning out to cheer Luna on and share their own stories.

As Luna continues his walk across the country, he remains focused on his goal: to create a world where mental health is treated with the same urgency and compassion as physical health.

"If I can help even one person realize they're not alone and that it's okay to seek help, this journey will be worth it," he said.

“Rob is a true inspiration to all who have been fortunate enough to meet him,” said Susan Ludwig, President of the Coast Guard Foundation. “We are grateful for his support and will follow his progress and cheer him on over the next few months as he raises awareness for military mental health through this incredible feat.”

To follow Rob's journey and to see the most up to date information, visit AL2LA.US
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