NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Four combat veterans and one civilian are on a cross-country trek to raise awareness about veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and veteran suicides.
The non-profit, Mother Of All Rucks (MOAR), held a fundraiser and silent auction at Noble's Kitchen in East Nashville on Saturday.
The group began the cross country walk on March 10 in San Diego.
While walking 22 miles a day, they wear 22-pound ruck sacks and hold fundraiser events for veterans.
Veteran Paul O'Keefe said he and the other members quit their jobs to start this foundation.
"When I got out, you know what, I had some rough times. There were a couple of years where I didn't feel like I fit in with the civilian populace, and I don't want to see my brothers and sisters in arms go through that personally. All the guys on the team have struggled with that, so that's why it was so important to do this," O'Keefe said.
Proceeds already raised have helped buy a service dog for a veteran, helped remodel a home for a wheelchair bound Purple Heart recipient, and bought a 500-gallon water tank and cooling system for a homeless veterans' camp.
You can follow the group's journey on their main website.