Army rangers hitchhike across country to raise money for vets

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Two Army rangers are hitting the road to raise money and awareness for veterans’ transition issues.

Marty Skovlund and Leo Jenkins set out June 7 from Denver with only their backpacks and $100 for their 21-day road trip. They are relying on the help of other people for their mission, and donors are pledging by the mile.

They stopped in North Canton Sunday, saying their journey is helping to bring hope to homeless veterans.

“We are making ourselves homeless to some degree to spotlight that,” said Jenkins. “To highlight that to show guys that even though you’re down and out, you can rely on other people. We’ve relied on other people the entire trip to show people that if you get to that point, you don’t have a job, you don’t have a place to stay, you do have a place to stay. There are other veterans out there. There are people in this country that will put you up, they will give you food, they will help you, because you’ve helped them.”

So far, they’ve slept in a bed on two nights, but have also slept in farm field and a ditch.

The two are hoping to make it to New York City by the time the 21 days is up.

For more information on their trip or to donate, click here.


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