Soldiers, wounded veteran start Everest climb to put spotlight on PTSD

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  • A cadet and instructor at the U.S. Military Academy co-founded USX to raise awareness for PTSD
  • 2 soldiers and a combat-wounded veteran hope to reach summit of Everest by Memorial Day weekend

(CNN)On his last duty assignment in 2013, Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Burnett served over the Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It was there that the highly decorated Purple Heart recipient was destined to meet Harold Earls, a freshman and "plebe" who was on the academy's baseball team.

What began as a few questions Earls posed to Burnett about preparing for Army life turned into daily phone calls, meetings and conversations. Burnett bec