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See the Remarkable Way This Veteran Is Healing from War

Vietnam War veteran Johnnie Jameson is not your typical marathon runner. While others run the 26.2-mile race for exercise or competition, Jameson runs to heal from the invisible wounds of his past. Since 1986, he has completed the Los Angeles Marathon 30 times—a remarkable feat that’s earned him the title of “Legacy Runner.” Training on his mail delivery route, the marathons are therapeutic for Jameson in coping with the traumatizing violence of war.

In Mile 19 from Big Pup Films, hear the inspirational story of veteran Johnnie Jameson as he trains for his 30th consecutive marathon.

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