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Dryhootch holds 5K on eve of 9/11

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Posted at 8:48 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 09:48:29-04

MILWAUKEE -- It may be hard to believe the 16th anniversary of 9/11 is taking place Monday.

You have to be about 20 years old to have even the faintest memory of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The lasting effects from the wars that followed, lives on with veterans and their families back at home.

An organization called "Dryhootch" held a 5K Run/Walk event Sunday on Milwaukee's Lakefront.

The Milwaukee Police and Fire Department supported this fundraising effort.

The entire mission of Dryhootch is to help others through peer support. 'Dry' stands for sober. 'Hootch' is military jargon for a safe spot in combat.

Former staff sergeant Dan Newberry of the ARMY Airborne Division took part. The Hales Corners father of three served two tours in Iraq after 9/11.

He is not afraid to share his own struggles to help other veterans.

"There's no shame in it, 'cause every single one of us has a story. Even if you weren't in the military, depression and PTSD affects everyone, it encompasses all of our communities," said Dan Newberry, ARMY Veteran.

Dryhootch has several coffee houses in the state of Wisconsin, including two in Milwaukee. The hope is to get veterans out in the community and talk to others.

To learn more about Dryhootch, click here.