WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - While many students fly or drive to the beach for spring break, some Troy University students are walking.
Fraternity members from Alpha Tau Omega began their six-day journey Friday and will walk more than 128 miles as part of their 'Walk Hard for Heroes' philanthropy event. The money raised goes toward Jeep Sullivan's Wounded Warriors Outdoor Adventures.
Logan Smith, a walker from Alpha Tau Omega, said, "This is big, but it raises a lot of money and that money goes to a very good use, it goes to helping veterans with PTSD recover, Jeep takes them on hunts and shares the gospel with them, and it saves lives."
And although physically and mentally exhausting...
"On day one, I hurt worse than I've ever hurt in my life, day two was worse than that, day three was worse than that, we got a slight improvement today though like I said, I think everything's numb at this point," said Smith.
The walkers agreed they're glad to do it.
Kadin Whatley, a walker from Alpha Tau Omega, said, "When veterans come and talk to us and say that without Jeep and what we're doing they may have committed, you know, suicide, and that's, the honest truth is brutal, but that means a lot to us and why we do this and without that or my faith I probably wouldn't be able to do this at all."
They'll arrive at Pier Park on Wednesday. Walkers said they plan to spend the rest of their spring break relaxing.