I have a soft spot for people who serve our country in the military; I'm in awe that they put their life and limb on the line to protect freedoms that, quite frankly, most of us take for granted. Laima and I know veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), so it's great to see organizations that are working to help these people.
"Recognizing the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of hiking the Appalachian Trail, Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to create the “Walk Off The War” Program. The “Walk Off The War” Program is designed to support veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Warrior Hike does this by combining another fascination of mine, the Appalachian Trail. Warrior Hike's “Walk Off The War” Program is designed to support veterans transitioning their from military service by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, mimicking the decompression soldiers used to go through while walking out of combat zones.
Who can apply: Any veteran who has served in a combat zone and who has been honorably discharged is qualified to participate in the Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” Program.
When to apply: Warrior Hike is currently accepting applications for the 2014 “Walk Off The War” Program. Grants will be announced in December of 2013 and the hike will commence in March of 2014.
So if you're a combat vet or know one, don't delay.
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