Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

Well it's the first day of October, which means that the walk will be over before I know it (I started walking on March 27th 2014 from Ontario California in order to raise awareness for homeless veterans and veterans with behavioral health issues). Granted there is still 600 miles between where I'm currently at ($tay 4 Le$$) and Washington DC but I should be able to make that distance before the end of the month. This past Monday brought an awesome surprise. Having meet Brenda and Ryan upon entering Indiana, they asked me if I'd be interested in going with them to Chicago for the night to see WWE Monday Night Raw. I had never been to a wrestling event, so I jumped at the chance and had a blast. Hulk Hogan was even there. I had a great time not only there but also getting to know Brenda and Ryan. They were very curious about my walk and what inspired me to start. I told them about my own struggle with the VA system after being in the Marine Corps, and how I felt a huge injustice was being done to prior service members. 
After going to Walmart to buy some new inner tubes and tires for my cart, I thanked them again for their generosity, said goodbye and continued walking east. 
From here Im hoping to be in Fort Wayne by the weekend, and continue on before the weather decides to get really cold. 
Special Thank you to those of you who helped spread the website on Facebook or brought me gatorades and waters. Your support allows me to continue on each day. 
For those of you who would like to contribute to the walk, you can donate at www.crowdrise.com/natewalks 
The money received through that website helps provide me with essentials needed for the walk, such as warm clothing, inner tubes, food, and even a motel room every now and then. 
Thank you again

See you on the road. 

Nate

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27, 2014

Today marks the sixth month I've been walking on the road. I started March 27th out of Ontario California, and have been heading east towards Washington DC raising awareness for homeless Veterans and Veterans with behavioral health issues (such as post traumatic stress, anxiety, depression). I'm excited to also cross over into Indiana today, knowing I'm that much closer to reaching my goal.   Yesterday's walk was fairly short but I was still able to meet quite a few people who stopped to talk with me and even brought gatorades and a nice home cooked meal. I could not have made it this far with out the help and support of people I have encountered and I truly am grateful for your generosity. Thank You. 

I had some pictures I wasn't able to upload from my train ride into the city so I figured I'd put them up now. Thanks again for reading and if you'd like to support me in my Walk to Washington you can donate at www.crowdrise.com/natewalks 

See you on the road. 










Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014

Ive had a great time in Chicago, but now its time to continue walking east.
I will continue walking mainly on highway30 through Indiana and into Ohio. 
A huge thank you to everyone who has continued to support me by calling the local news stationd, and newspapers trying to help me get some coverage. I still am on schedule to make it to DC by early November so I hope I can continue with the pace I have set.

EDIT:

For those who are visiting the site for the first time, I'm walking across America (California to Washington DC) raising awareness for homeless Veterans and Veterans with behavioral health issues. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

Taking a day off to walk around Chicago. Funny how even on my days off I'm still moving.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

Quick Update:

Ive made it Aurora IL and am now heading towards Lombard for the night.
Huge thank you to everyone who stopped yesterday to talk with me, bring gatorades, or make sure i was on the correct streets. I appreciate the kindness and hope it continues. I still cant believe at timed how far Ive walked, and how many incredible people I have met along the way.
If this is your first time on the site, Im walking from Ontario California to Washington DC to raise awareness for homeless veterans and veterans with behavioral health issues. Crazy to think there is somewhere around 700 miles left.
Time sure flies.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20, 2014

Quick update:

Ive made it to Morrison Illinois. Thank you for the continued support. These past couple days have been awesome, and I hope it continues. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by channel 8 who had heard of the walk and wanted to help spread the word. Again, this walk from California to Washington DC is to raise awareness for homeless veterans and veterans with behavioral health issues. From here, I plan to continue on highway 30 for as long as possible. Hope to see you on the road.
If you'd like to donate to the walk, you can visit www.crowdrise.com/natewalks

Thank You again to everyone who has helped me get this far. Lets keep going and reach DC.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

Quick Update: 
After spending almost a week in Cedar Rapids, I'm heading out today. I had an awesome time hanging out with Chris Ross, meeting his friends, and having a couple drinks with fellow veterans (including Chris's dad Tim). From here I'll be making my way towards Clinton Iowa and through Illinois on highway 30. I need to pick up the pace if I plan to reach DC by November, but not by much. 
Thank you to everyone who has come out in support of the walk (raising awareness for homeless veterans and veterans with behavioral health issues) or helped me in anyway pertaining to it. I could not have made it this far without your kindness, and I hope that I can continue to be blessed with these opportunities.