Mike is a 69 year old Vietnam veteran. He will be hiking the Appalachian Trail beginning in April 2016 to try to raise awareness of veterans struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and to raise money to donate to Warrior Expeditions an organization that provides equipment and support to veterans struggling with PTSD so they can hike the Appalachian Trail and other National Foot Trails.
Please check out the site and do what you can to help veterans who are struggling to put war behind them and get on with their lives.
The Appalachian Trail is 2180 miles long and reaches from Maine to Georgia.
The main reason for the walk is to raise awareness and funds for Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Please consider donating below to help us.
This walk is inspired by Earl Shaffer, one of the first Vets to make the walk.
Earl V. Shaffer (November 8, 1918 - May 5, 2002), was an American outdoorsman and author. Shaffer enlisted in the army in 1941, was well along in his training at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, and did arduous and risky service as a forward-area radioman in the South Pacific into 1945. His friend Winemiller served in the Pacific Theater as well, and died in the Iwo Jima landings. Shaffer said he regarded completing the planned AT hike as a way of recovering from the stress of his combat experiences and from the loss of friends who died in the war. In 1948, he began the journey from Mt. Oglethorpe, in Georgia (the trail's southern end at that time). With sparse equipment that would be regarded as grossly inadequate by most of the through-hikers since - he used worn boots, his army rucksack, and no stove or tent - he reached Mt. Katahdin in Maine, in 124 days. Taken from Wikkipedia.
Click Here to see those who have donated so far.
Deb and Ed Dudley
Jane Helwig (in memory of J.E. Johnson, USMC)
The B.A.T.'s in memory and honor of our Brother Corporal Billy Vaughn - U.S.M.C. Vietnam veteran
Gary and Barbara Bailin
Dayle Pabst Robertson
Tish Miller Venz Hudson
Victor E. Coto
|Micaela and Rick Reves|
Dan and Laura Grajzl
Marsha and Isaiah Blankson
Don Adams and Nan Bonfils for MJ
Mario and Sue Alemagno
Jan and Wayne Hipps
Rob, Erin, Eli and Sam MacNab
Julie and Steve Richard
Susan Harwell and Gary Moeller
Kim and Mario Rocchi
Warrior Expeditions "Walk Off The War" Program
Warrior Hike helps combat veterans heal
The Evolution of the Appalachian Trail Thru-hike
A special thanks to my wife Anne for her support and understanding regarding why I would leave her for six months to go live in the woods
and to Mike Bamfield for all his help with the website and all things technological related to the hike.