‘Walk Off the War’ vets make their way through NM

CUBA, N.M. (KRQE) – Six veterans who are hiking for the Walk Off the War program have made their way to New Mexico.

The hikers plan to travel more than 3,000 miles of the continental divide trail, from Mexico to Canada, and they plan to do it in about six months.

On Saturday, they were in Cuba visiting the local American Legion and eating with other veterans.

Veterans have been walking long trails since 1948 when Earl Shaffer first took a hike of the Appalachian Trail which is from Georgia to Maine.

One hiker told a friend he was going to walk off the sights and sounds from World War II. Hikers say the journey is therapeutic.

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