Veterans walk from Lincoln to Waverly to raise awareness for post-service care
WOODLAWN, Neb. (KLKN) — As part of a larger journey from Wyoming to Nebraska, Jason Hanner walked from Lincoln to Waverly to raise awareness of health problems military service people face after returning home.
Starting out at the Casey’s General Store in Woodlawn, just northwest of Lincoln, Hanner and his cousin Amanda McArthur traveled to Waverley.
The 16-mile walk along Interstate 80 saw the two traveling in below-freezing temperatures.
“This is the first walk that I’ve headed myself,” Hanner said. “I’ve organized every step of the way myself.”
The pair are walking as part of an initiative through WalkforVets.org, which was started by John Ring.
The organization aims to help raise awareness for veterans suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, addiction and homelessness.
Hanner said Ring created the organization after helping a military veteran.
“[Ring] ended up meeting a young, female veteran who had been sexually assaulted,” he said.
Ring began a trend that saw individuals reaching out to veterans to provide immediate help for those suffering.
“Reach out,” Hanner said. “Just show that you care.”
Hanner said that military service is like signing a blank check; you don’t know what the cost is going to be. After returning home, many veterans run into issues with little to no support.
“They go into this place of darkness, but bringing awareness makes it so we as a society can help take care of those veterans in that dark spot,” Hanner said.
The two will continue their walk to Omaha before ending the journey by crossing the Missouri River past the Nebraska border.