Local veteran hoping to change the PTSD conversation while cruising around town
October 11, 2018 08:35 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It's not a comfortable topic for conversation, but PTSD is real, it's affecting veterans and it's affecting veterans in our community.
A new way to get the conversation flowing is currently maneuvering around the Duke City on four wheels. You may notice it around town—the idea comes from a man who served multiple tours in Iraq as a hospital corpsman.
Himself continued to battle PTSD for years, Kano Williams is trying to save veterans' lives and get people talking about PTSD by using his car, and the real and powerful images depicted on it.
After being awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Williams said he now wants to help other veterans who are back home with his initiative Veterans Cruzin' For a Cause.
"I wanted it to be something kind of dark to show the realism that veterans go through," Williams said.
He's wrapped his car with the phrases "PTSD," and "Some Wounds Aren't Visible," as well as scenes from war zones and Old Glory.
"You can see the shock in his eyes—his want and willingness to talk. But he can't," Williams said, describing the images on the car.
He's trying to drive a message home right here in Albuquerque.
"Hopefully some veteran sees it, who is closed off that day or wasn't willing to share," Williams said. "Maybe this will make him share," Williams said.
His mission: doing his part to fight the statistic that says 22 veterans take their own lives every day.
"I think a lot of people push it to the side because it's not a physical wound you can see, so they are like, 'Suck it up, you are in the military,'" Williams told KOB.
But by driving this very real reminder around Albuquerque every day, he's hoping to change minds and start conversations.
Updated: October 11, 2018 08:35 PM
Created: October 11, 2018 06:23 PM
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