Houston News : Marine runs 200 miles between Houston and San Antonio honoring vets with PTSD

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Placing flags every mile in honor of those suffering from the disorder

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3:06 pm CST, Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Lupita Hernandez is honoring fellow vets who have suffered from PTSD this week by running 200 miles from Houston to San Antonio, planting a roadside flag every mile in memory of a vet who has fought the disorder.

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Lupita Hernandez is honoring fellow vets who have suffered from PTSD this week by running 200 miles from Houston to San Antonio, planting a roadside flag every mile in memory of a vet who has fought the

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Photo: Lily Hernandez

Lupita Hernandez is honoring fellow vets who have suffered from PTSD this week by running 200 miles from Houston to San Antonio, planting a roadside flag every mile in memory of a vet who has fought the disorder.

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Lupita Hernandez is honoring fellow vets who have suffered from PTSD this week by running 200 miles from Houston to San Antonio, planting a roadside flag every mile in memory of a vet who has fought the

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Photo: Lily Hernandez

Marine runs 200 miles between Houston and San Antonio honoring vets with PTSD

No man left behind. It’s a creed lived by U.S. Marines when it comes to their brothers and sisters on the battlefield. For Lupita Hernandez, that promise also applies to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A veteran herself, Hernandez is honoring that pledge this week by running 200 miles from Houston to San Antonio, planting a roadside flag every mile in memory of a vet who has fought the disorder.

“Every mile I cross, I will place an American flag with a name of a veteran suffering from PTSD, or no longer here due to PTSD, with a teal ribbon,” said Hernandez. Her tribute is called Run For Their Lives – 200 Mile Run for PTSD.

According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

PTSD symptoms can last for months or even years, and interfere with day-to-day functioning, according to the clinic.

RELATED: Several programs increase awareness of challenges faced while battling PTSD 

Hernandez is not alone in her journey. Others accompany her on her run, encouraging her to push past the pain. Her sister Lily, is documenting her run.  Lupita’s huband, Jairo Cruz, is also alongside for support.

“We are both Marine Corps veterans and both suffer from PTSD,” said her husband Jairo Cruz. She says Lupita went on an expedition with No Barriers Warriors and as part of her trip, they were asked to do something for the community.  “Since we are both veterans and a lot of our friends are also diagnosed with PTSD, she wanted to raise awareness.”

Lupita began her run on December 27, and was hoping to be completed by now. But the road has been tough on her. She finally completed her run on Tuesday around 5 a.m.

“The lack of sleep and nutrition on top of having walked/run has taken a toll on her body,” said Cruz. But the thought of who she is running for and why keeps her going. Semper Fi.

Danny Hermosillo is the Digital News Editor for Chron.com | Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com | Follow him on Twitter at @Dannyherm1| Email him at [email protected]





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