Vets cross paths while hiking cross country

While one veteran begins his hike across America, another group is about to finish one — all in support of their fellow veterans.

Navy veteran Shane Moore, 45, started a hike from Jacksonville Beach, Florida a few weeks ago and passed through Youngstown and Panama City this week while on his way to San Diego, where he hopes to finish in late March. Moore is traveling coast to coast to raise awareness and money for homeless veterans, and is accepting donations for that cause on his website hikeforvets.com.

Meanwhile, the national Team RWB Old Glory Relay plans to pass through Panama City Beach on Nov. 3rd. Team RWB, a nationwide organization that helps “veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity” started in Seattle on Sept. 11 and will complete their trip in Tampa on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017 carrying an American flag the whole way.

“We would like to involve the community by asking them to set up ‘Wave Stations’ to provide refreshments/snacks and cheer members on as they run by,” the local chapter captain said. “Your business or group would [can] support our members by setting up a station on our route along Highway 98 on Nov. 3rd.”

Moore feels prepared since he already does a lot of backpacking and hiking, and has actively avoided hotels in lieu of setting up camp on the side of the road at night. He carries two gallons of water with him, has a wood stove to cook with and makes sure to carry around oatmeal and protein bars.

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