Marist prof walks 2,800 miles for veteran suicide awareness

Associated Press
August 26, 2019 - 10:16 am
Navy vet Tommy Zurhellen recently completed his 2,800 mile walk

Photo courtesy Tommy Zurhellen


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A Marist College professor has finished a cross-country walk to raise awareness about suicide and homelessness among veterans.

Tommy Zurhellen is an associate professor of English and is a Navy veteran. He finished his roughly 2,800-mile trek Friday afternoon on the college's campus in Poughkeepsie.

Zurhellen started his trip in April in Portland, Oregon. He walked 22 miles per day.

The project has raised almost $42,000 to support Hudson River Housing's Liberty Station program for veterans, as well as the Vet 2 Vet Peer Mentoring program.​

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