Thumbs up: Backing a vet on the move
Even as multitudes will flock to the weekend's festivities honoring their service, hundreds of Hoosier veterans will wake up Memorial Day morning homeless in Indy. Local vet Zach Day, who finished his 12-month deployment in Afghanistan last August, is preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation. Day will begin the 2,200-mile, 5-month-long hike June 8, 2012 at Maine. Katahdin, ME. He plans to cross 14 states and end on Georgia's Springer Mountain in October 2012. Donations can be made care of "HVAF-Hike for Hoosier Vets" at PO Box 708, Brownsburg, IN 46112. For equipment or gear donations, contact email@example.com. HVAF provides housing and basic needs to an estimated 200 of Indy's homeless vets. Day's journey blog and additional info is posted at hikeforhoosiervets.com.