Veterans walking 1,000 miles across country stop in San Antonio

Group raising money, awareness for veteran charities

By Sarah Acosta - Reporter, RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator, Japhanie Gray - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Six veterans are walking 1,000 miles across the country to raise money for veteran charities and awareness for issues that affect veterans.

The group is making their way through Texas, landing in Military City USA on Saturday afternoon.

“We are covering a lot of ground,” said Matt Fisher, one of the expedition managers. “We are telling the story of what these amazing guys on this team are doing, and they are walking 15-20 miles a day in the heat down here in Texas. They are working really hard.”

The group was in Austin on Friday at the Capitol. The group also visited the Texas State Cemetery on Friday, where U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle is buried.

Frankie Perez is one of the U.S. veterans who is participating. He said the walk is very meaningful to him.

“We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide, which is my drive,” Perez said. “Every time I’m in pain, I think of the 22 vets, my brothers and sisters, so that is who I am doing this for.”

Like Perez, John Mayhead, a veteran from London, agrees that invisible wounds are just as serious as physical ones.

“If you are a veteran and you are out there and you think you should be able to deal with, don't. Go get help,” Mayhead said. “Go get help from people who have served with you. Go get help from professionals. You can get better than you are and get back to your family and get back to your friends.”

As of Saturday, the group has walked a little more than 200 miles and plans to stay in the Alamo City through Monday.  Their next stop after that will be in Houston and so on until they finish their expedition in New York in September.

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