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Ohio Man Marches 400 Miles to Arlington
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 26, 2012 @ 5:05PM
Created on March 25, 2012 @ 5:29PM
23 year-old former Marine, Justin Kuhel, is walking 400 miles from Columbus, Ohio to Arlington National Cemetery to benefit the Wounded Warrior's Project. Some say he is crazy, but he says this is something he wants to do to support his fellow soldiers.

"I got the idea, really, I was watching a documentary about a Marine that was in my unit that got wounded, I was with him when he actually got wounded on the patrol, and the documentary was about him going through physical therapy. I didn't realize how much goes into it after these guys get hurt and everything that entails, and I just wanted to do something to help them," said Kuhel.

On Sunday, Kuhel was on day 10 of walking. He had completed 210 miles at the start of the day. Walking starts around 9:00 in the morning, and goes until he reaches about 25 miles. He says the journey has been long, but he's met many supporting people along the way.

"People have been really nice. A lot of people have been stopping and donating money right there on the side of the  road or giving me water, so it's really been cool," he said.

Kuehl has raised $7,500 so far, and has a goal of $10,000. He says by reaching his goal, it will make all the struggle worth it.

"This is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done, mentally or physically, honestly. I definitely have had to push myself more than I thought I was going to have to," said Kuhel.

And with just under 200 miles to go, Kuehl says he won't give up.

"I have a lot of good friends that were hurt in Afghanistan or Iraq, so whenever I want to quit or whatever, I kinda think about them and think about regardless of how much I'm hurting, how much easier I have it than some of these guys that have lost limbs, and you know, can't walk," Kuhel said.

If you would like to help Kuehl reach his goal of $10,000 you can click here.

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Comments (17)
Apr 03, 2012 at 9:07 AM
This is what makes our country so great. It is men and women of honor and courage that keep us safe. All our men and women serving have my utmost respect... This soldier is a true hero and continues to honor is fellow soldiers with action!! Prayers for his safe journy and quest to help other wonded soldiers!!!
Mar 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM
God bless you and keep you safe on your walk. The wounded need your faithfull contribution!!! You have my admiration!! My Grand son came home safe from Iraq and we prayed for him the whole time to be protected. Thank the Lord! He is willing to care for every one of these dear boys thru his people's prayers!!
Mar 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM
Awesome work!!!! Thank you for your service and sacrifice!!! Marines,army,navy.air force,national guard,coast guard are the true heroes!!!
Mar 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM
You're an inspiration. All gave some, but some gave all. Thank you for what you're doing Marine. YUT! -Sgt. Torres Jonathan 2D LAR BN, 2D MAR DIV.
Mar 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Keep it up! Chesty himself is pushing you.
Mar 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I got mad love for u. God bless u
Mar 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Not "former" Marine. He still is. I'm in the Army and more than happy to point out the fact that once a Marine, always a Marine. Same goes for Soldiers. Drive on brother.
Mar 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM
If only this could turn into a Forrest Gump moment with thousands following behind
Mar 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM
i saw you walking past J Gumbo's in Gahanna. Awesome mission, drive on!
Mar 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Great work sir...
Mar 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM
God Bless You & all of our Warriors! God Speed
Mar 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM
I am a 100% disabled former Marine of Vietnam... I admire your idea and hope things go well. Wish I could join you,, BUT.. will try to donate..
Mar 29, 2012 at 9:49 AM
God Bless you!!
Mar 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM
Semper Fi Marine.
Mar 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM
I would walk 400 to have lunch w Lindsey!
Mar 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM
awesome job justin my son too is a marine and i know as one of your brothers if he could be there to walk with you he would oorah my friend and semper fi once a marine always a marine and you are one of those warriors good luck
Mar 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM
U Rock!
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