Warrior Hike Makes a Stop in the Shenandoah Valley

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A group of combat veterans hiking the Appalachian Trail is spending the night in the Shenandoah Valley.

A 2,000-mile hike will wear anybody out, even soldiers who have spent years on the front lines fighting for their country. The Warrior Hike is part of the Walk Off the War program for combat veterans transitioning from military service back into civilian life.

The veterans say the Walk Off the War hike is a way to calm the mind, bond with others and enjoy the great outdoors.

The hikers say spending three months traveling the Appalachian Trail is no easy task. The group hikes 15 to 25 miles a day. They have been on the go since March 17, traveling through 2-foot snow drifts and sleeping through the night in single digit temperatures.

Sunday their hiking gear sat outside the Devils Backbone Brewery while a dozen worn out hikers enjoyed dinner inside. Members from a Waynesboro VFW post presented the warrior hikers with a $1,500 check to support the project.

Bob Quinn of the Waynesboro VFW said, "We just came over to show them to show our support and our thanks for these young men for risking their lives because this country is still worth fighting for."

The Walk Off the War program was established to help purchase accessible vehicles for disabled veterans. The funds the hikers collect along the way will pay for future combat veterans to hike the Appalachian Trail.

The group has about another 1,300 miles to go. They are posting pictures on their Facebook page every step of the way, click here to follow them on the hike.

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