Four United States Army veterans spent four days walking the streets of Jacksonville, Florida, raising funds and raising awareness for a non-profit organization, the Wounded Warrior Project. Over the four days, the veterans walked over 100 miles from West Palm Beach to Homestead.
Staff Sgt. Lewis West, Staff Sgt. Stephen Murphy, Sgt. Katrina Taylor and Sgt. Larry Maroto walked along U.S. 1 taking turns pushing an empty wheelchair symbolizing a wounded veteran and carrying two flags: a white wounded warriors flag and a United States flag that was flown in Afghanistan.
The group stopped their walk on Thursday to participate in the Solider Ride in Miami Beach, where cyclists rode to support the Wounded Warrior Project. They also visited the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
All in all, the group had a goal of raising $5,000 along their walk. By the last day, they had all but $1,500 collected.
The Wounded Warriors Project strives to increase public awareness of veterans with disabilities and collect aid to fund unique, direct programs to help disabled veterans become successful and well adjusted after service. Programs include peer mentoring, health and wellness services, combat stress recovery services, family support services, career services, and education services.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.