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Veteran Cory Smith finished his 565 mile run to raise awareness for veterans.
On Wednesday, Army veteran Cory Smith finished the last leg of his 565 mile run to the cheers and tears of family, friends, and well wishers.
Smith, a graduate of Shelbyville High school and Indiana State University , started his run as a means to raise awareness to the needs of military veterans leaving the military.
Smith and his family endured marital difficulties through two deployments to Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, but as he stated, soldiers can face homelessness, unemployment, suicide and more upon returning home.
Cory worked in cooperation with Gallant Few, a non profit veteran organization, to organize his run. Beginning in Fort Benning, Ga, Cory ran and biked 565 miles to the finish line at Monument Circle in Indianapolis.
In honor of Cory Smith and his dedication to veterans, Russ Eaglin, veteran service officer for Mayor Greg Ballard, read a proclamation declaring Feb. 8th as Gallant Few Day in Indianapolis.