Sunday, June 19, 2011

Drum Hike and Wish Upon a Hero ....


My heart was touched this morning while watching the news.  A modern day, Forest Gump, so to speak.  Iraq War Veteran Troy Yocum is hiking 7,000 miles across America, banging his drum and sounding the call for $5 million to help military families in need. With his wife Mareike and Emmie the SuperDog by his side, they took their first step of his 16-month quest on April 17, 2010. Now they have completed the western leg of the journey, all the way from Kentucky to California and have walked back east to Texas.

This journey all began because a fellow Iraq War Veteran fell upon hard times when he was laid off from his job.  He contacted Troy for help.  Troy raised funds for his friend and then decided he wanted to help any other person in need. 

After startling statistics, Troy learned that 18 war veterans per day committ suicide.  Mostly because of the hardships they face.  He wanted to change that.

In Troy Yocum's own words, his mission:

Our soldiers are ready at a moments notice. They don’t pick their battles, but when called to service they respond. Keeping our enemies at bay. Our heroes are champions of freedom not eager for war but willing to sacrifice.

One for the need of many. Many veterans live by this military code and have done so when our country needed it the most. Now it is our NATIONAL HEROES who need our help and its time that we all stand by them with honor.

While one soldier may miss holidays, a birthday, or a birth of a child, others may suffer mentally and develop anxiety, depression or PTSD. Some even sacrifice much more by being injured by road side bombs, being shot or taking shrapnel. Some pay the ultimate price. In any case, we ask a lot of our men and women in uniform and when in their time of strife, who can they call on? That’s where we come in!

OUR MISSION is to further spread the word that our American Heroes are fighting just as hard at home as they do overseas. We hope to provide a peace of mind and lay the foundation for military families in need to succeed. Troy will literally put one foot in front of the other, crossing the great states of America to reach people and help spread the importance of helping our military families.

Our goal is to raise the needed $5 million for these families!

If you find it in your heart to give to this cause you may do so by visiting:

However, if you are a military family in need you can request assistance at:

Blessings on this holiday and always,

Holly :)

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