Mike Waldron

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?