Dear supporters of the Warrior Hike in A.T. Communities (you know who you are!),
Thanks again to all those who showed hospitality to the hikers by providing food and fellowship, lodging, and moral support when they came through your A.T. Community.
Washington Post – Veterans on Warrior Hike finish Appalachian Trail in Maine; aids transition to civilian life
Bangor Daily News – Walking off their wars: Combat veterans through-hike the Appalachian Trail
JTNews – A walk through the wilderness to walk off the war
Here’s a quote from the Washington Post article that explains how important the support from communities along the A.T. was to the hikers:
Local veterans and community groups along the trail also offered support by transporting the hikers to and from the trail, putting them up for the night in lodges and at their homes and taking them out to dinner, Gobin said. “So to see the outpouring of support from the American people is also a therapeutic part of it,” he said. Hiking the trail forces these veterans, some of whom may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and feel isolated, to socialize. “And what it does is it reconfirms your belief in humanity, that there’s good people out there and despite what you’ve experienced there’s a lot of good out there,” he said.
You can view more photos and articles and information about the Warrior Hike at www.warriorhike.com and on Facebook.
The “Walk Off the War” program was conceived and developed by the Warrior Hike founder Sean Gobin and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.