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Men walking across US for soldiers retreat

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 22:54:57-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Indianapolis men are planning to walk across America to raise money for a retreat facility for soldiers returning home from deployments.

The 3,091-mile trek will take 109 days. The men will walk 20-30 miles a day, six days a week.

The walk begins in Atlantic City in April, on U.S. 40, and ends in San Francisco. IMPD Detective David Roth came up with the idea after his stepson, 29-year-old Matthew Coleman, a Navy corpsman, embarked on his fifth deployment. Coleman left his wife Alycia and their five children behind.

"Families are much different," Roth said. "There are some that just need a retreat. There are some that need financing, some that need psychological counseling. We have people that can come to this location. If the family needs it, we can give them those needs."

Roth will be joined by Beech Grove middle school teacher Kevin Winton.

Their goal is to raise $3.1 million to build and maintain the retreat for returning soldiers and their families.

For more information about the project,  visit www.routetothebrave.org.

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