Military veteran 'Walking for the Fallen' across the country
Written by Lauren DeWitt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
A United States Marine Corps Veteran is walking across the country to help wounded and disabled veterans. It was a busy Sunday morning in Dubuque for Chuck Lewis as he packed up his cart. The Montana native was continuing his journey walking across the United States.
Lewis was motivated to start his walk called "Walking For the Fallen" after two young veterans returned to his home town of Ronan, Montana. One of the veterans that returned home had lost both his legs, the other committed suicide shortly after his return.
"I decided to walk across the country to raise awareness and patriotism, along with the idea 'what is the cost of freedom'. As a bi-product I decided to start raising money in hopes to support programs that support our wounded and disabled and their families." Lewis said.
Lewis began his trip on Easter Sunday in Washington state. He will continue his journey to Washington D.C., where he will visit the Vietnam Memorial. Through his walk he says he has received many mementos from people to be placed on the Vietnam Memorial upon his arrival.
"In some ways my cart has turned into a memorial of sorts in that I carry messages from parents that have lost children, wives that have lost husbands, people that have lost friends and relatives during Vietnam. I've got coins and pins and all kinds of stuff that they want me to place at the Vietnam Memorial when I get there." Lewis said.
"It's an honor (when they trust me with those items), it's not just an honor with trusting me with those items it's an honor that people would donate their money to this cause because they don't know me, for them to give me money that they work for. I mean, I'm just walking. . . But the thing of it is, they are the ones that worked for the money that they have donated to this project. It's an honor that they would trust me with their money that I will do the right thing with it." Lewis said.
So far, Lewis has raised more than $20,000 for wounded and disabled veterans programs. He hopes to raise $50,000 by the end of his trip.
Lewis hopes to get to Washington D.C. by the end of September.
If you would like to donate to "Walking for the Fallen" click here.
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