23rd Veteran

Roo Yori

Andrew "Roo" Yori might have been out but he's not down.

The Rochester man's sophomore appearance on the reality competition show American Ninja Warrior saw him triumph over obstacles like "Floating Steps" and "Broken Pipes," ... only to be brought "low by the lache" on something called "Crank It Up."

If he's disappointed not to make it to the city finals as he did in his rookie year, 2016, though, he's not letting on.

Aimee Bandelin‎

The forecast says it will be sunny and 27 on Saturday.

For many people, the prospect of a ten mile hike, carrying a loaded pack and dressed only in long underwear would be, well ... depressing.

But for the Nearly Naked Ruck Marchers, the weight  they carry (a contribution of $10 equals one pound), represents the weight they carry in the battle against post-traumatic stress.

By some accounts, every day, 22 veterans of our armed forces take their own lives.

Mike Waldron was almost one of them.

Until he became - and created - the 23rd Veteran.

Photo By: SGT Pablo Piedra

Mike Waldron says combat stress, for soldiers, is supposed to happen.  It's only when it carries over into a person's civilian life that it can become a problem.  Waldron came to grips with his own post traumatic stress and now he's teaching other veterans how to retrain their brains.

You can find 23rd Veteran on Facebook ... and on their website here.

Veteran's Day honors the veterans among us ... but many veterans aren't comfortable with the stereotypes they face when they get home.  What if they don't want to be seen as either heroes or "damaged," somehow? Is there anything in-between?