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Vets walk country for a cause

September 20, 2013
Kelli Kleppe - Reporter , Dysart Reporter

Meet Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss. "Hero" would be a fitting title for the both of them. They are two Iraq War veterans who are raising awareness for a very important cause, in a very unique way. Anthony enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 2002 and served two tours to Iraq before leaving the service in 2008. Tom served active duty for the United States Army for three years from 2003-2006, during that time he served one tour in Iraq. They have both been diagnosed with PTSD since leaving the military.

They are walking from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and they plan to travel all the way to Los Angeles, California. They stay overnight with people who offer it to them on their blog, and they have nothing more than the clothes on their backs and the belongings that could fit into their hiking backpacks.

The two former Iraq war veterans are making this trek to raise awareness for veteran suicides and the effects of PTSD on not only veterans but their families as well. It is estimated that nearly 22 veterans commit suicide every day, that is nearly 1 every single hour

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The organization they are raising money for is called Dryhootch, and they have a goal of reach $100,000, and they are currently at nearly $60,000. You can donate to this amazing cause by visiting the Veteran Trek website On the website you can also find nearly daily updates, and you can follow exactly where they are walking at the moment. You can also leave a message for them, to encourage them on this brave adventure!

They entered into Iowa on September 11th. They held a meet and greet at the field of dreams in Dyersville on Friday 9-13, and they also spent some time in Waterloo. They have only been on the road for a few weeks so far, but their journey is far from over. Feel free to support them by visiting their page and following them as they travel across America!



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