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Vets spread message, raise funds in walk across the U.S.

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WYNOT — Rick and Jeff Harrison walked through Cedar County Saturday morning as part of their Veterans Walk for Dad trek across the country fundraiser.

There journey began 1,740 miles and 40 pounds ago, back on Jan. 23 in South Naples, Fla. Their plan is to complete their walk across the country in late July in Seattle, Washington.

The brothers, both veterans themselves, said they decided to make the walk to honor their late father, William, who died in April of last year. He was a veteran who suffered from dementia near the end of his life.

“While he did receive care and some treatment, there was not much that could be done about his situation. With a raise in awareness of mental health issues such as this, there may be something that can be done in the future for people who face a similar crisis,” Rick said.

To date, they have spread their message by pushing their homemade cart-billboardsuitcase-mobile home through 12 states.

The journey has taken a toll on their cart, their shoes and their bodies.


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