- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Two former Marines are hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise money for charity.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/19lT0pA) Jeff Fowler got the idea for the hike after he was discharged in 2009 and began hearing of others from his battalion who had committed suicide.

Fowler is making the 2,185-mile hike with Don Nguyen (NWIN’), who served with Fowler in 2007 in Iraq.

They are hiking to honor fellow Marine Jason Karella, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008.

The pair is using the hike to raise money for Higher Ground Sun Valley, which holds camps for wounded service members.

They started hiking on Feb. 28 and reached the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on March 17. They hope to reach Mount Katahdin, Maine, by Sept. 1.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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