FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A soldier and her mother plan to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine to save the lives of other soldiers.
WTVD-TV reported that Sgt. Ilene Henderson is an Army reservist and is packing for a 2,000 mile hike she says to find inner peace.
“I think going on this hike will free me of outside distractions and allow me to focus on coming to terms with my experiences and hike out the war,” said Ilene.
Henderson has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, but has had friends that didn’t survive and committed suicide.
She said she plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in the next six to seven months.
Henderson said she hopes each step raises public attention and funds for a group trying to stop the rise of suicides among soldiers who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I don’t think it will be hard, it will be challenging,” said Ilene.
Henderson’s 65-year-old mother, Inge, is going with her.
Read more: WTVD-TV