Veteran Hikes Coast to Coast

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On a rainy walk down Airline Hwy Thursday, one Navy veteran found himself a few steps closer to his goal, but he still has over 1,000 miles to go. 

Shane Moore is on a coast to coast hike to raise awareness for veteran homelessness. Moore left Jacksonville, Fl. on October 10th and won’t stop walking until he reaches San Diego, Ca. 

“I try to average 15 to 20 miles a day,” Moore said. “I expect it will take me about six months before I make it to California.” 

Moore’s mission is one that hits close to home after he found himself on the brink of becoming homeless himself. 

“It was terrifying…I felt like a failure.” Moore said. “It made me realize that not everyone who is homeless suffers from drug problems or mental disabilities…many of them just fell on hard times like I did.” 

So, Moore decided to make this journey in support of all veterans, but also to change the way people perceive the homeless. 

“Along the way I gave a man a pair of shoes and it brought a tear to my eye to see how much it meant to him,” Moore said. “If people could just know that homeless men and women aren’t trash on the side of the road, they are human and have feelings too.” 

“That’s why I’m out here. I want to make a difference,” said Moore. 

Moore hopes to raise $25,000 on his walk from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific. He walks with a cart packed of just the essentials like camping gear. 

“Sometimes I sleep behind churches or at a police station, but most of the time I’ll just camp in my tent,” Moore said. “As a last resort sometimes I will just knock on someone’s door if I see them flying an American Flag and I’ll ask if I can pitch my tent in their yard.” 

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development there are approximately 49,000 homeless veterans across the country. 

Though the journey won’t be easy, Moore says he’s determined to keep walking until he reaches his destination.

“Anything you can donate helps. Even if it’s not towards my cause there are so many ways people can help homeless vets,” Moore said. 

To donate to Shane’s cause visit: 

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/hike-for-vets

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