BOSTON (CBS) – Kevin Kinkead and Daniel Taylor are walking across the country raise awareness of the issues facing veterans.
Kinkead, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, said he was inspired by a friend who was injured in combat.READ MORE: Wife Of New Bedford Police Sergeant Who Died From COVID-19 Fights For Benefits
“He always wanted to do a walk like this but he was injured in Afghanistan. He took an AK round and ended up losing his leg from complications,” Kinkead.
The Nebraska native started his journey in Maine and continued to New Hampshire where he met former Navy sailor Daniel Taylor. The two continued through Vermont and into Massachusetts, a total of roughly 600 miles.
“I talked to him. I said, do you need a battle buddy? Somebody to walk around with?” Taylor said.READ MORE: Firework Thrown From Car Sparks Fire In Franklin; Police Search For Driver
The men said they are trying to highlight issues such as veteran suicides, homelessness, and problems with healthcare delivered by the VA.
“I’m trying to reach enough ears and reach the right ears that we can actually make the changes,” Kinkead said.
They are posting updates from their journey on the Facebook page Walk For Veterans.MORE NEWS: Are COVID Tests Accurate For Variants? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Questions
Kinkead estimates that the trip will take them two years. He said he is raising money for the trip and will donate the rest to veterans’ charities.