I decided to embark on this hike in honor of the Veterans that have lost the battle to PTSD. Some of which I served with when I was in the Army. On average, we lose 20 of our Veterans to suicide stemming from PTSD. That’s 20 too many. I needed to do something about it. After a while, and looking at what other people have done to raise awareness, I decided on a hike. Not just any hike. A record hike to all 4 corners of America that would take me 3 1/2 years to complete.
As I looked into it more, I knew that some big changes were going to have to happen. With the support of my friends and family, and talking it over with them, I knew it was time. I tried to get support from other outlets before the hike and most everyone had the same attitude “You’re crazy.”, “That’s impossible.”, “You’ll get eaten by the bears.”. Everyone had their doubts about the hike and myself. It was happening with or without them. So I sold everything I had, from my pickup truck to my dishes and bought gear and a plane ticket and headed out on the journey. My goal was simple. Get the hike completed and be able to save just one life. If I can help save just one life, then all the hardships, winters in the north, deserts, pain, loneliness, and everything else will be absolutely worth it. Since I started the walk in November of 2016, I have received 6 letters/phone calls from Veterans that were suicidal and came across my walk and have changed their minds about suicide and are still with us today. It is the most motivating moments of my entire life outside of family.
So far on this journey I have met many amazing Veterans, great people, and wonderful organizations. As I am writing this, I am currently in Eugene, OR and headed to Portland. As I look at my route to all four corners of America, I realize that I am still in the beginning stages of this hike. It has been just over 4,000 some miles and I have over 9,000 miles to go.
I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you and hope to meet you in person. To find out more about updates, pictures, click the links below:
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