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In March, retired Marine Sergeant Chuck Lewis left Washington State on a mission to walk to Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to problems that war veterans bring home.

On Monday, his path brought him to the Piedmont as he walked through Randolph County.

Sergent Lewis, accompanied by his cart and GPS, is walking to raise awareness not for soldiers past, but the ones coming home now.

“Whether they come home intact or whether they come home missing limbs, they all need to be recognized, just something as simple as saying thank you for your service,” Lewis said.

Sergent Lewis is well on his way to raising $50,000 to give back to charities helping wounded warriors and their families.

“I use my money to cover my expenses. Every dollar I get out here on the road go to programs to support our wounded and disabled,” Lewis explained.

He hopes the end of his walk at the Vietnam Memorial is the beginning of a renewed awareness for veterans and their families.

Find out more about Sergeant Lewis’ mission on the Walking for the Fallen website.