Vets finish Warrior Hike on Appalachian Trail

MILLINOCKET, MAINE — After six months, four veterans have completed their hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, ending with a celebration at the summit of Mount Katahdin.

The 2,185-mile Warrior Hike, called “Walk Off The War,” gives veterans a chance to process their wartime experiences while hiking with others who have been through the same thing. It is designed to help them transition from military to civilian life.

“They are changed people,” Marine Corps Capt. Sean Gobin said Saturday of the veterans who completed the hike.

Gobin founded Warrior Hike while deployed to Afghanistan. In 2012, he hiked the trail to support wounded veterans and realized it would beneficial for other veterans, too.

“First and foremost is that you’re just out in nature and you’re hiking for eight hours a day,” said Gobin, who joined the veterans for their final hike up Katahdin. “And being by yourself with your own thoughts and being outside in the mountains, your brain has no other option but to process all those experiences that you had overseas.”

via Vets finish Warrior Hike on Appalachian Trail | Military Times |

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