The “Walk Off the War” program will provide military service men and women returning from their tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, the opportunity to reconnect with the United States in a uniquely physical and psychological way.
The objective of the project is to provide these “Hiker Vets” a self directed, self paced journey along the estimated 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail. This “thru-hike” typically takes five to six months to complete. The goal for these hikers is to experience the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of the Appalachian Trail (the “A.T.”). The true objective is the opportunity to eliminate the negative effects of the war, through walking in nature, engaging with other hikers and experiencing the hospitality of the trail towns along the A.T. There is not a requirement or a goal to complete the estimated 2,180 miles.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has teamed up with Warrior Hike and several other supporters to launch this new project. This project will provide 12 service men and women returning service men and women the unique opportunity to reconnect with their country.
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For more information about this project and the Hiker Vets visit www.walkoffthewar.com.