MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Four veterans who spent the last six months hiking the appalachian trail completed their journey this week. An accomplishment that was followed by a celebration in the town of Millinocket Saturday morning.
Rob Carmel, Stephanie Cutts, Thomas Gathman, and Sharon Smith all joined together to march in the parade through Millinocket that celebrated the end of their 2,185 mile hike across the appalachian trail. The four took part in the journey as part of the Warrior Hike's "walk off the war" program that helps veterans transition back into life as a civilian after they're done serving.
"You're not really walking it off to forget about it," said Carmel. "You're walking it off to come to terms with it."
Stephanie Cutts served in the United Staves Navy for six years before returning to her home state of California. For her, the hike was a journey that helped her not only lose over 50 lbs., but also mentally cope with the changes in her life.
"All day long you can just let your mind process the good, the bad and the ugly of everything you've gone through and get to a point where you just let the bad things go," said Cutts.
Around 35 communities along the appalachian trail helped support the veterans providing transportation, food, and hiking during their hike.