NBC26 Cares: Walk for Warriors
GREEN BAY, Wis.-- A pair of Gulf War veterans are providing support to their fellow service members who are fighting for our freedom overseas. Shannon Anker and Chad Hintz call themselves the Old Dogs that Care and plan to make a 100 mile walk from Rib Mountian, Wisconsin to Lambeau Field.
Their goal is to raise money to send care packages to the U.S. troops. "If you get a package from somebody that's a stranger that you don't even know, it just... makes you smile and makes you know you're doing the right thing," Chad Hintz told us.
The journey will take three days to complete along the Mountain Bay Trail. The two will spend the night outside. "We've had a couple encounters with some animals, some snakes and what-not," Shannon Anker explained. Both will be carrying 75 pound packs on their backs.
The two are not making this walk for the first time. In fact, it's the third time they have made the grueling hike to Lambeau Field. But once they see the stadium, their mission becomes clear. "As you're walking around Military Avenue and you start coming around the bend by Lombardi and you start seeing the stadium, it just rushes on you and you're like 'oh my God,'" Chad recalls.
For these Packer backers, it's the perfect ending to a long and emotional journey. Two former Marines going the extra mile to thank others for their service. "We're not in it for the praise. We're in it to help our brothers and sisters overseas," Shannon tells us. "If we get anything out of it, it's the satisfaction of knowing that we got to help them."
The marines will arrive at Lambeau Field at 1:00pm on Sunday, September 16th. The public is invited to join them on the final leg of the hike and attend their welcome home celebration.