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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nimitz Museum Welcomes Veteran Hiking for Heroes

By Elizabeth Taylor, National Museum of the Pacific War

Last month, the National Museum of the Pacific War received a visit from Troy Yocum, a Gulf War veteran hiking across the country with his dog to raise money for military families. Yocum marched into Fredericksburg beating his drum on Sunday, January 23, and stopped at the National Museum of the Pacific War, where dozens of people awaited his arrival. He spoke to the crowd about why he started this journey, sharing a personal story about his grandfather who was also a veteran but did not seek treatment when he came home.

The goal for his “Hike for our Heroes/ Drum Hike” mission is to walk 7,000 miles across the country to raise $5 million. Along the way, he collects signatures to raise awareness. But his petition is not like any you’ve seen—he collects the signatures on a Louisville Slugger. So far he’s gotten signatures from Jay Leno, Diane Sawyer, and many mayors along the way.

Troy and his “superdog,” Emmie, have been walking for nine months and have raised $125,000. There have been struggles—including a near-death experience for Emmie, who luckily underwent surgery and is now starting to walk again. Yocum has been fortunate to find citizens along the way willing to offer him a bed each night.
For more information on Yocum’s organization and cause, please visit his website at

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property located in Fredericksburg, Texas and is supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The site is part of the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

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