ST. LOUIS - This weekend, St. Louis played host to a man on a mission.
U.S. Army veteran Eric Peters is only 23-years-old, but he's had a lifetime of experience serving in Afghanistan.
Peters suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's a condition caused by injuries he suffered during an enemy attack.
"I was blown up when our Humvee took a direct hit," said Peters. "That led to everything I'm going through from anxiety, nightmares, quick emotions... a lot of things."
After being discharged, Peters says he spiraled into depression, avoiding contact with other people.
"And then someone came to me and told me, 'Hey, get off your butt and do something. What you're doing isn't helping yourself," Peters said.
That's just what he did. On June 20th, Peters left his hometown in New Jersey determined to walk across America to raise awareness for the condition that affects thousands of veterans like him. His mission is to offer emotional and financial support to the men and women who are dealing with the hardships of life after war.
"If you know anyone or if you have PTSD yourself and you need help, reach out to me. I will make sure you get the help you need," said Peters.
This past weekend, Peters' base was VFW Post 6274 in Ballwin, Missouri. Commander Dominick Delia opened his home to Peters to help spread the young man's message to St. Louis vets.
"I thought he was nuts when I first heard about it, you know? But he's going for it," said Delia. "We're all brothers in this and we've got to help each other."
Eric Peters has a long way to go and a lot of lives to touch. But he welcomes your company along the way.
"Walk with me, you know? Just talk, be vocal," Peters said.
He will head out of St. Louis Monday morning. His next big stop will be in Springfield, Missouri, where he'll meet with veterans there.
Click here if you want to learn more about or donate to Eric's cause.