BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Long Trail Home has finally reached their destination after riding coast to coast, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to Camp Pendleton, California, on horseback to raise awareness for veteran’s hard road back home from war stricken areas which often lead to suicide. Matt Littrell, a former Marine, and his team of horses began their journey on May 1, 2013 at the Atlantic Ocean and met the Pacific on November 30, 2014.
Littrell and friend, Ray Avery, both of Elbert, Colorado, made their way through Mena in late July. Ray was unable to complete the trip, however, Littrell did meet his new life partner, Kristen Fuhrmann, while on the ride, who completed the journey with Littrell and his Mustang, Crow, and the rest of their four-legged friends.
Littrell will be the first to admit the ride has changed his life, however, wanting no fanfare, he said, this ride “is not for us, it’s for the guys that are suffering. Everyone who has seen us and brought us a cold drink of water during the heat of the day, or put us up, we want them (veterans) to see that those people are not doing it for us, they are doing it for the veterans.”
Donations can still be made to this worthy cause, the Semper Fi Fund, at https://fundraising.semperfifund.org/fundraise?fcid=249300
Original story available here:The Long Trail Home