I believe in the power of the Appalachian Trail to facilitate healing at some level in most everyone who has hiked it. Please check out warriorhike.com to learn about this vital non-profit whose work is supporting wounded veterans who are in transition from military service. Some of those veterans are set to leave Springer Mountain for Katahdin. According to their website:
“In 1948 Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
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 wounded veterans transitioning from military service by hiking the Appalachian Trail.”
As a United States Navy veteran, I salute their cause and their efforts.
- Warrior Hike helping wounded veterans using Appalachian Trail (examiner.com)
- “Walk Off The War” Program (waronterrornews.typepad.com)