1,245 miles. That’s the distance from Northern Minnesota to Florida. Why is that significant? Because one man is making a difference by walking it. 62-year-old Jerry Meadows is walking from Minnesota to Florida to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
A former veteran himself, Meadows is trying to raise awareness of the countless number of veterans who still need help. He is currently in Dewitt, Iowa and finishing up the first leg of his journey which began in March and consisted of walking over 315 miles. During that time Meadows has raised over $11,000. Meadows says he’s doing it because of all the work that Wounded Warriors do for families.
Meadow’s started out in Bemidji and still has about $1,000 miles to go. Meadows doesn’t have an easy trek on this route. He carries oxygen with him as well.
Meadows hopes if all goes well to get to Florida by September or October of 2020. Meadows has enjoyed all of the nature that he has seen on his trip and encourages everyone to shake a veteran’s hand.
For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, and for the work that Jerry Meadows is doing, you can visit his website at bit.ly/2EdXW26 .
CORRECTION TO THIS STORY: ORIGINALLY IT WAS LISTED AS BEING IN DEWITT, ILLINOIS AND HE IS ACTUALLY IN DEWITT, IOWA.