3:25pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Iraq War Vet Walks for "Forgotten" Families

Alarmed by the high suicide rate among veterans, a Louisville man is raising funds for struggling military families.  Iraq war veteran Troy Yokum has walked from Kentucky to the Pacific Ocean and back.  Yokum arrived today on the step of the US Capitol in Washington DC.

“It’s not been easy. It’s been a struggle to get to this point. But, 6100 miles down and just about 1700 to go,” said Yokum.

Yokum left Louisville over a year ago and arrived in San Diego on Veterans Day.  He promises to walk another 1700 miles before his trip is complete.

“I wanna’ do something to help as many of these people as possible, and I started drawing all these large, large maps, thinking I could do it, I could walk across America and I can help as many people as possible,” said Yokum.

Yokum was greeted on the steps of the US Capitol by Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

 “We really do have a largely forgotten element of our population and that is the families of the men and women who are serving us so courageously.  The cost to these families, both economically, psychologically, the divorce rates the suicide rates are enormous,” said Yarmuth.