Ohio Man Marches 400 Miles to Arlington
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
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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