2 vets walk from Kennewick to Seattle for campaignNovember 19, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
SEATTLE (AP) - Two Army veterans walked from Kennewick to Seattle while carrying 80-pound rucksacks on their backs to raise awareness around the issues of returning soldiers.
The two veterans _ 31-year-old Stuart McKenzie and 35-year-old Todd M. Hamilton _ made the grueling walk over six days to bring attention to the Shadow 6 Foundation, an organization Hamilton founded to advocate for returning veterans.
They ended their walk in downtown Seattle on Sunday. Both men walked despite pain from injuries suffered during their service. McKenzie, an Iraq veteran, had hypothermia by the end.
The Seattle Times reports ( http://bit.ly/TUfUrb)Hamiltonhopes to build a sanctuary in Ellensburg that features a working farm, classrooms, housing facilities and counseling services.
He says the suicide rate of returning veterans is too high and they need more support when they are back home.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Director Jeremy Scahill says Obama hasn't been fighting a clean war
Dollars Per Student
Washington spending per student is below the national average
If you came home to nothing but the concrete slab - what would you do?
Bonneville Media encourages site users to express their opinions by posting comments. Our goal is to maintain a civil dialogue in which readers feel comfortable. At times, the comments can descend to personal attacks. Please do not engage in such behavior. We encourage your thoughtful comments which: have a positive and constructive tone, are on topic, are respectful toward others and their opinions. Bonneville reserves the right to remove comments which do not conform to these criteria.