Two Iraq War veterans who were trying to raise money to help other veterans by walking cross country from Wisconsin to Los Angeles completed their trek Saturday.
Tom Voss and Anderson Anderson, who have both been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, said the goal of their walk was to help raise money for an organization called Dryhootch, a non-profit started by combat veterans that provides assistance to other veterans once they return home from war.
They also hoped that the trek would help increase awareness of veterans issues such as PTSD, veteran suicide and substance abuse.
Voss and Anderson began their 2,700-mile journey in Milwaukee — where both men are from — last August, according to a news release from Dryhootch. They arrived at the Santa Monica Pier Saturday afternoon.
Voss said that while the trip was primarily to raise money and awareness for other veterans, it also personally helped him.
“It’s helped me analyze the things that I’ve been through,” Voss told KTLA Thursday of how the five-month trek helped him. “I lost my platoon sergeant, he was killed in action. My squad leader was killed in action. I took RPG shrapnel to the head while I was over there.”
The two men have been documenting their trek on social media. After they finished, the pair posted a photo on Instagram of themselves with their backs to the ocean. The caption ready simply: “We ran out of road.”