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The Long Road Goes Through La Porte County

(La Porte County, IN) - A couple of retired Marines trekked through La Porte County recently raising money and awareness for various veterans’ causes.


On June 6 Justin “JD” LeHew and Coleman “Rocky” Kinzer set out from Boston on an over 3,000-mile cross-country hike along U.S. 20 destined for Newport, Oregon.


Their mission is to raise awareness for the 81,000 soldiers since WWII who are missing in action. They also raise money for Gold Star families and other veterans’ charities. They call their effort “The Long Road.”


LeHew and Kinzer spent the better part of Thursday walking across La Porte County. A generous supporter bought them beers at an Irish pub in New Carlisle on Wednesday evening, followed the next night by dinner and lodging at a roadside motel west of Michigan City. Several other supporters travelled to various points in between. One former Marine joined their hike for a few miles.


The hiking duo is hoping to make it to Chicago by Monday evening, where they are scheduled to throw out the first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game following a pre-game fundraiser.


Follow this link to support The Long Road.

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