Chris Crum is leading "Walk Off The War"
U.S. Army Green Beret Iraq War veteran Chris Crum is leading the “Walk Off The War” Program. Crum is the son of David and Betty Crum of Augusta.
Walk Off The War program provides participating combat veterans with the equipment and supplies required to complete a thru-hike of a National Scenic Trail; coordinates trail town support in the forms of transportation, food and lodging; and assists veterans with future employment opportunities through program partners and sponsors.
The Five-Day Traverse across the Sneffels Range in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado begins August 1st, hosting veterans from all branches. This pilot trip will serve to reunite some of the first Special Forces and Special Operations Teams that trained in the Huts over 15 years ago to prepare for their deployments to the Middle East. These individuals will be joined by local veterans and family members to comprise the first group of men and women to “Walk Off the War”.
In 1948, Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Depending on demand, a second traverse could be held for veterans and their families on Sept 21st, the Fall Equinox Family Traverse which will fall in peak color season. Veterans and their families will come together in support of one another to “Walk Off” the challenges of the “After-war.”
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