Mother Goose salutes Anthony and Tom, two veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who will begin their WALKING trek across America this morning at 10:30. Beginning at Milwaukee County’s War Memorial, they will WALK every day until they reach their destination, Los Angeles! What? WHAT?
And why? They are WALKING this journey for a number of reasons. Firstly to raise funds for a great coffee shop called Dryhootch whose mission is to serve and attend to our brave veterans. They provide coffee, companionship and peer mentoring for any veteran who walks through the door. A safe place! They have locations throughout Wisconsin, two in Illinois (Oak Park SOON!) and St. Louis. So far, the fundraising is going well!
Another purpose of this trek is raise awareness of veteran issues in our nation. Many people are simply not understanding that these men and women have risked their lives in support of freedom around the world, but not suffer the consequences of combat. There are physical and emotional scars that may never go away for these warriors.