Vietnam vet walking across the USA to honor fellow vets

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-12 10:21:23-04

A Vietnam veteran is walking across the country to honor his fellow veterans.

Chuck Lewis is walking 3,300 miles from Washington state to the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington D.C.

The six-month journey is helping raise awareness and money for veterans programs.

Lewis was active with local veterans in his home in Montana but after a vet in his hometown took his own life, Lewis felt it was time to bring his message of helping veterans to the entire country.

“Since 2005 we’ve lost more active duty members to suicide that we have to combat, and when you think about we’ve lost over 6,000 men and women in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, that’s a pretty big number to think that they’ve committed suicide,” Lewis says.

Lewis is walking by himself. He carries a tent, small burner, and a solar charger for his phone.

Every dollar he raises goes directly to veteran’s programs.

If you would like to see his progress or donate, visit the Walking for the Fallen website.