Army reservist, mom hikes Appalachian Trail to help save soldiers
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — A soldier is planning to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with one goal in mind — to help save the lives of other soldiers.
Sgt. Ilene Henderson, who is an Army reservist, has seen the horrors of war. She deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, but says coming home was the real battle.
She survived, but two friends didn’t and committed suicide.
So she plans to hike the entire 2,000 miles in hopes that 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.
“So, 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 Henderson.
Henderson’s 65-year-old mother, Inge, is going with her.
“One step at the time, 5-10 miles a day,” said Inge. “You just go out and start walking.”
They’ve packed everything from camping and cooking supplies to cold and hot weather clothing in two 36 pound backpacks.