By Jean Pocha
of the Pathfinder 

Local man promotes veterans awareness nationwide


October 5, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

A convoy of Seeley Lake side-by-sides join Curt Friede's drive into Seeley Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Friede is driving across the country to raise awareness for veteran and active duty military mental health.

Curt Friede of Kurt's Polaris Seeley Lake is on the adventure of a lifetime, primarily to raise funds and awareness for active duty and veteran suicide prevention.

Starting in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Friede and his team drove their side-by-sides nearly 500 miles a day through Alaska, Yukon Territory and British Columbia on the way to Seeley Lake, arriving Sept. 24.

From Seeley they will continue mostly by gravel road on their way to El Paso, Texas.

"The cause for the ride is to promote awareness about the alarming rate of suicide among veterans," Friede told the Pathfinder. "We're taking 22 d...

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