Veterans hike the Appalachian Trail; take a rest in Russell

These veterans started in Georgia four months ago

RUSSELL, Mass. (WWLP) – Combat veterans are getting some much deserved rest and relaxation in Russell Tuesday night, after spending the last four months hiking the Appalachian Trail.

They’re participating in the Warrior Expedition’s “Warrior Hike”. It’s a program that helps veterans with PTSD, and other war related issues, by providing them with the supplies and the opportunity to hike the Appalachian Trail.

These veterans started in Georgia four months ago. On Tuesday, they took a break at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Noble View Chapter in Russell for some warm beds and home cooked meals.

Andrew Clark of Worcester, one of the “Warrior Hikers”, told 22News, “We’re all out here, combat veterans. So we’re out here transitioning out of the military or dealing with post-traumatic stress. The hope is to be out in nature and benefit from that.”

The veterans still have quite the journey ahead of them. The trail runs all the way to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine.

Click Here to see all the veterans involved in the hike.

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