Disabled veterans have already paid their dues. They deserve to be able to sit back and be treated with the respect that they’ve earned.
But a former Green Beret – Retired Sergeant Major Paul Gaumond – isn’t interested in “sitting back.” He already hikes about five to six miles every other day near his home in Asheville, N.C., and now he’s looking at a much bigger challenge, as reported by Fox News.
Gaumond plans to walk more than 2,100 miles along the Appalachian Trail in 2018, and not just for the exercise. His goal is to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization that helps finance college educations for the children of fallen Special Operations forces.
Referring to the fallen, Gaumond said, “They died doing something special, so that we can live the way we do.” He said he wants to make sure people don’t forget the sacrifices they made.
What I really love about this story is that Mr. Gaumond said he’s interested in doing this because he wants to “give back.”
Think about all the people in today’s society who constantly have their hands out and want the government to do something for them without working for it. Yet here’s a guy who has already served – for 21 years, as a matter of fact – who still feels like he owes his country something.
How great is that?
I’m looking forward to following the news about Gaumond’s hike in 2018. I’m sure it will be an eventful one.