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Holland native named Michigan's Veteran of the Year

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Travis Snyder serves at president of “Laker Vets,” the Student Veterans of America Chapter at GVSU. He’s also made headlines, both locally and nationally, for his annual walk around Lake Michigan, raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has named Travis Snyder Michigan’s 2022 Veteran of the Year. The Holland native served in the Marines from 2012-2018 and is currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University, where he is expected to complete a bachelor’s degree in communications this spring.

Snyder serves at president of “Laker Vets,” the Student Veterans of America Chapter at GVSU. He’s also made headlines, both locally and nationally, for his annual walks around Lake Michigan, raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. WGVU spoke with him earlier this year about his commitment to emotional wellbeing.

“The biggest thing is presence and being there and developing relationships and encouraging people who are struggling to come out of their shell when they’re ready," he said.

In a statement Snyder said being named Michigan’s Veteran of the Year is a blessing.

"To have the support of those who have gathered around our mission and this cause is an incredible blessing. I’m immensely grateful and look forward to continuing to advocate for our veteran brothers and sisters," he said.

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