U.S. Army veteran Chance Huffman said he returned from Iraq four weeks ago, and he was saddened by the division he saw in his home country.
So he wanted to do something by uniting people with a common cause: veterans.
Starting Wednesday morning, Huffman will hike more than 2,000 miles from a Waco park to Portland, Oregon, to raise money for veterans.
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“I want to bring people together uniting them around something everyone should be supporting, veterans,” he wrote on his GoFundMe page. “I love my brothers and sisters, I want the very best for them.”
He picked Portland because one of his fellow veterans moved back to the city, and he scoped out a route through New Mexico, Utah and Nevada, he told the Waco Tribune-Herald. He expects it to take him about 40-50 days.
“I hope this will inspire people to donate, get involved with the veteran community or inspire them to get involved in something they are passionate about,” Huffman told the newspaper. “I really just want people to care as much for veterans as I do.”
He said he’ll donate the money he raises to different veterans’ charities.
As of Tuesday night, he’s raised about $1,300 of his $10,000 goal on his GoFundMe page.