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Published on Jun 18, 2011

Iraq War Vet Troy Yocum's Historic 16 Month - 7800 Mile Cross-Country Sojourn to Raise Funds for War Heroes Crosses The George Washington Bridge into Manhattan

Yocum Honored at Times Square Press Conference

Announcement of Fundraiser Campaign to Benefit Military Families in Need

Soldier's Walk Through 31 States and 38 Large Cities Aims to Raise $5 Million

New York City - June 2011: Troy Yocum is helping American military veterans ...one step at a time.

Iraq war veteran Sergeant Troy Yocum's historic 7,000 mile cross-country "Hike for Heroes" arrived in the Big Apple to raise awareness and funds for U.S. military families in need.

"Hiking for Heroes" in New York City

In the early morning hours Yocum and his followers crossed the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan, hoisting an American flag and eliciting cheers from commuters. As he traversed the Hudson River during rush hour, Young enjoyed an escort from the Port Authority Police Honor Guard.

Troy's sixteen-month journey began on April 17, 2010 in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Mareike and his two dogs. To date, Yocum's "Hike for Heroes" has logged in over 6,300 miles. In the final months of his journey, Yocum plans to walk up the East Coast before he makes his return to Kentucky in September 2011.

Troy Talks of Inspiration for "Hike for Heroes" / Introduces a Military Family

At a press conference in Times Square Yocum spoke of how he was inspired to embark on this trek across America, meeting with veterans and supporters in 31 states and 38 large cities.

Yocum was joined by members of a military family: LeAnn Chapman and her two children who lost their husband and father Stephen Downing in Iraq, and who have benefited from "Hike for Heroes."

FDNY Honors Yocum

Several members of the New York City Fire Department presented Yocum with t-shirts from their respective firehouses for Yocum to wear during the remainder of his "Hikes for Heroes" journey as a symbol of their support.

Fundraiser Kicks-Off to Help "Hikes for Heroes" Reach $5 Million Dollar Goal

Modell's along with retailers Party City, Mandee, Annie Sez, U.S. Polo Association, Danice stores, and 10Spot Plus stores announced the kick-off of a retail fundraiser to benefit Troy's mission. Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, recently learned of "Hikes for Heroes" and helped Yocum raise more than $250,000 towards his eventual goal of $5 million.

Following "Hike for Heroes" From Coast to Coast - 50,000,000 Steps!

Virtually every step of Yocum's journey is being documented on the veteran's website: www.drumhike. In addition to Troy Yocum's periodic blogs and videos from the road, citizens can follow Yocum by way of Google Maps, a YouTube.Com channel, Twitter and his "Hike for Heroes" Facebook page. Yocum estimates that his trip will take him over 50,000,000 steps!

About Troy Yocum: Military Service - Inspiration to Walk Across America

Specialist Troy Yocum was born on June 25, 1979 in Louisville, Kentucky where he has lived most of his life. Troy joined the Army National Guard on August 21st, 2001 just days before 9/11. He spent 2 years in the 151st Infantry out of Southern Indiana. His unit transferred to Military Police and Yocum was placed into the Inactive Ready Reserve. He graduated from Yellow Ambulance Emergency Medical Service Bureau in 2002 while still in the National Guard, and worked as a Basic E.M.T. till 2004.

While Troy was deployed in southern Iraq he checked his emails and discovered a message from his good friend and Iraq war veteran who had finished his military career. Troy's friend had just returned home from war to find that his job was closing down due to the economy. Yocum contacted various charities to help his friend, and he soon learned about the thousands of military families who were applying for financial assistance. The next day Troy decided that he could walk across America to raise awareness and money. He drew the first map with the hope that his walk, aptly entitled "Hike for Heroes," will achieve his goal of raising $5 million.


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