Warrior Hike for 2014

Warrior Hike Co-Founder Sean Gobin with a scruffy nerf herder in Millinocket, Maine, at the end of the 2013 Warrior Hike.

Warrior Hike Co-Founder Sean Gobin with a scruffy nerf herder in Millinocket, Maine, at the end of the 2013 Warrior Hike.

Warrior Hike is both a gift and a necessity.

More than 2.5 million veterans have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Many have never transitioned from their experiences. This is evident by the recent report from the Department of Veteran Affairs which states that over 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sean Gobin and many others believe we owe them the chance to reenter "society" at their own pace.

So, Warrior Hike's sponsors and donors outfit former warriors and help them walk off the war along the Appalachian Trail and other national scenic trails.

From Warrior Hike's website:

In 1948 Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to "walk off the war" to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Recognizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of long distance hiking, Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association to create the "Walk Off The War" Program. The "Walk Off The War" Program is designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America's National Scenic Trails.

2013 Warrior Hikers at Trail Fest in Hot Springs, NC. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

2013 Warrior Hikers at Trail Fest in Hot Springs, NC. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

No sane person likes war.

Without soldiers, however, this planet of ours would have been toast a long time ago.

Sean Gobin at the Trails End Festival in Millinocket, ME, at the end of Warrior Hike 2013 with Rosie & MamaGoose. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Sean Gobin at the Trails End Festival in Millinocket, ME, at the end of Warrior Hike 2013 with Rosie & MamaGoose. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Not every veteran who returned from battlefields most of us have never heard about gets to hike the Appalachian Trail to decompress. Thankfully, some do.

If you have a heart for veterans and the Appalachian Trail, please consider a contribution to this non-profit charity.

Follow their schedule and come out to salute a Warrior Hiker along the Trail. Not all will make it ... and that's OK. This hike is about meeting their needs, without pressure to perform any more than they already have -- for America.

Sean and his team will be at Dahlonega Trail Fest and at several other festivals along the Trail. We'll look for you.

Come say thanks to a Warrior Hiker.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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