Video by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
Iowa Guard Airman walks across Iowa for mental health awareness
185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard
June 26, 2020 | 4:01
Technical Sgt. Jeff Campbell is walking from the east side of Iowa to the west side of the state in order to raise awareness about mental health.

The trip is taking Campbell on a 20 day, 389 mile journey that started in Clinton, along the border with Illinois and will end back in Sioux City.

Campbell works as a “Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape” specialist for the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa. According to Campbell the main part of survival on the battle field is mustering up the mental strength or will to survive in extremely difficult situations.

Mental health is a particular concern during these times of social distancing and isolation because of covid-19. Campbell says issues concerning mental health affect everyone. He said it affects people in urban and rural areas, and he adds that members of the military are not immune.

During his journey he is telling people not to keep things bottled up. He said he wants to encourage people to be ready to talk and ready to listen about their daily struggles.

Campbell said if people can start having these crucial conversations, then they can start to strengthen their mental muscles.

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