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.
No sane person likes war.
Without soldiers, however, this planet of ours would have been toast a long time ago.
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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The non-profit group Warrior Hike helps veterans of foreign wars readjust to civilian life through their Walk Off the War program on Hikes that Heal. hiking
The recruits for the 2015 Warrior Hike of the Appalachian Trail met on Springer Mtn on March 16, 2015. They hope to finish on 9/11 on Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
Sean Gobin founded Warrior Hike in 2012 to help combat veterans "walk off the war" on the Appalachian Trail (and others) before returning to civilian life.
The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community in Pawling, NY, invites you to Trail Day on Sunday October 18, 2015. Take a hike with Sharon Mama Goose Smith.
A great time was had by all who spent a few hours at Franklin, NC's 2013 April Fool's Trail Days. Here's proof.