Veteran walks across country for awareness of military support

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Montana man set out to walk across the United States with a message on behalf of the military men and women who make sacrifices for our country.

It started 6 years ago when Veteran Eddie Gray decided he would begin a journey to raise awareness on how veterans are being cared for after years of combat.

"I just want to make sure all vets are taken care of," said Gray, whose journey started back in 2008 and is nowhere near being over.

His goal is to meet with politicians and veteran groups in order to gain support. Gray was medically discharged from the Marine Corps years ago. While he served, he kept several journals that he hopes to publish one day after his walk. One of the entries is about whom he was willing to die for. That is where this idea of walking across the country came from.

"[It's] a lot easier way to support our troops and vets. To me, I want this 'cause it is [an] extreme, real sacrifice for our vets and troops," said Gray.

In the past 6 years, Gray has gone through 7 pairs of shoes. He says he is never worried when he is on the road.

"I've gotten hurt by cars swiping me; got injured sometimes bad. That's alright. I'm still alive," he said.

He is just focused on completing the next 7,000 miles of his trip, speaking to his fellow military family about what they need, and letting them know they are appreciated.

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