About the Organization:
Historically military units would experience a lengthy journey home after fighting a campaign abroad. During this journey home warriors would process and decompress from their wartime experiences. But in today’s age of modern transportation military personnel can find themselves home within a few days of serving in a combat zone.
Since 2001 over 2.5 million veterans have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but many of them have never transitioned from their experiences. This is evident by the recent report from the Department of Veteran Affairs which states that over 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In 2012 after returning home from three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan Warrior Hike founder Sean Gobin hiked all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance hiking Sean created the “Walk Off The War” Program which is designed to support veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails.
Veterans participating in the “Walk Off The War” Program will receive various forms of support during and after their thru-hike. First, veterans will receive the necessary equipment and supplies required to complete a thru-hike of a National Scenic Trail.
Next, Warrior Hike will coordinate trail town support with the numerous veteran organizations and local communities that are located along the National Scenic Trails. Trail town support will include transportation, food, and lodging in addition to providing the opportunity to socialize with veterans from past wars and with local community groups.
Lastly, Warrior Hike will assist veterans with future employment opportunities offered by the numerous supporters of the “Walk Off The War” Program and offered by partnered veteran job placement companies and veteran hiring services.