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Former Lejeune Marine passes halfway mark in walk across America

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AMARILLO, Tx. -  A former Camp Lejeune Marine passes the halfway mark of his fundraising trip across the country.
     
His name is Justin Kuhel. He's now in Texas.
     
Justin started his trip at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and plans to make it to Camp Pendleton in California. Justin walks about 23 miles a day. A friend or family member will drive a 'March Across America' van ahead of him with food and water. After his 23 mile day, they will find a place to rest for the night.

But his walk across America plan is more than just the walk itself. The 26 year old native from Columbus, Ohio says his main focus is to raise awareness and money for two charities.

"One that deals primarily with free no hassle mental health care for veterans and that's called The Headstrong Project,” explained Justin Kuhel, former Marine. “The other one is called Helping Our Military Heroes and they build modified vans, wheelchair accessible vans for guys who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afganistan."

And although these are smaller organizations, Justin believes what they are doing is important and about 90 percent of their money goes directly to their programs for veterans.

Justin isn't in this alone. Fundraising and support from his friends and family has made this trip possible.

And as Justin walks from one state to another, he will occasionally have people join him.

While Justin is in Amarillo, he plans to take two days for himself.

After his rest, Justin will continue to walk through Amarillo on Tuesday. Justin says if everything goes as planned, he will finish his trip October 10th.
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