Matthew Stuhler is preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail for OBfV and ATC
2017 Hike for Veterans
Trail: Appalachian Trail Goal: 2186 Miles
Dates: May 15 2017 - Oct 31 2016
After coming home from war I read about Earl Shaffer, the first person to successfully complete the Appalachian Trail. Earl decided, after fighting on Iwo Jima, to "walk off the war" by hiking from Georgia to Maine. He wrote about his experiences ... more
After coming home from war I read about Earl Shaffer, the first person to successfully complete the Appalachian Trail. Earl decided, after fighting on Iwo Jima, to "walk off the war" by hiking from Georgia to Maine. He wrote about his experiences and his writings inspired me to hike a section of the trail from Damascus, VA to Springer Mountain, GA in the Fall of 2016.
The hike provided a very positive experience for me and allowed me to find the same peace that I believe Earl found decades ago on the trail. There is a lot of value in arduous physical exercise, clean air, and time for mental processing and reflective thought, and it is also a cost effective method of mitigating the lingering effects of war. I believe that many other veterans like myself may find happiness and fulfillment on the Appalachian Trail by choosing to "walk off the war".
The organization that I am hiking for is an outstanding group of people who are devoted to veterans health and well being. I believe that Outward Bound specifically does not receive enough funding and therefore I am planning to hike from Maine to Georgia in order to raise capital for them. With this money they will be able to improve their marketing and outreach, which will allow them to contact more veterans who do not know about the services that they provide.
With your help, more veterans can be healed. Please consider assisting me in funding this cause. Thank you. less
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