Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 --- 9:45pm
For the past week, the daily routine for Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss has been the same. They get up and gear up, with hats on their heads and blisters on their feet.
And for these Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, it's only just begun. The two will spend the rest of 2013, traveling across the country, not by car, or train or plane, but by foot.
"We're trying to drive through” says Tom.
Tom and Anthony are making the trek from Milwaukee to Los Angeles to raise money for Dryhootch, a Milwaukee-based veterans non-profit group. But they're also raising awareness for veteran issues here in the US, like PTSD.
Wednesday, the guys passed through Cottage Grove and Madison.
They started in Milwaukee last week.
"We think it's really important to shine a light on what's going on in the veterans' community” says Tom.
Of course you're probably wondering, how long is their entire trek? Altogether, Anthony and Tom will walk 2,700 miles. To put that in perspective, that's equivalent to crossing the NBC 15 newsroom over 300,00 times.
"You think about why you're doing this. And that kind of gives us the motivation to keep on going” says Tom.
Tom and Anthony say they'll walk despite the elements, be it rain, sleet, hail or snow. But at least their faces will have a bit of protection.
"People say, are you going to grow them (their beards) the whole way and we say 'yea' and they say 'that's awesome'” says Anthony.
Tom and Anthony are hoping to raise $100,000 for Dryhootch. To donate or their progress online, just head to http://veteranstrek.com