Veteran, service dog taking a 2,650 mile walk to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Julia LeDoux
April 23, 2019 - 11:28 am
Ken Brock, Pam and crowd

Photo courtesy of Ken Brock

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Army veteran Ken Brock and his service dog Pam are on a walk.

But not just any walk. It’s a more than 2,650 mile journey from where they live in Keystone Heights, Fla. to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. They're doing it in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

“By fundraising for Wounded Warrior Project, I’m helping wounded warriors thrive in life back at home, post-injury,” Brock said.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that helps veterans and active duty service members through a variety of programs, services and events.

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Brock, 53, suffers from what he calls “major post-traumatic stress” that is the result of his 9-year stint as an Army military police investigator.  He isolated himself in his house, rarely went out and weighed more than 300 pounds

“I didn’t like going out,” he said.

Then Pam – Brock’s service dog who helps him manage his post-traumatic stress – came into his life.

Photo courtesy of Ken Brock

“She’s my world,” Brock said. “Without her, I wouldn’t be here. I started getting out with Pam.”

You can’t stay inside when you’ve got a dog, he explained. With Pam, his “angel” by his side, Brock slowly began getting out more.

 “I still have my nightmares and I don’t like being around lots of people,” he said. 

After one of their neighborhood walks a few months ago, Brock saw a TV ad for the Wounded Warrior Project and something clicked.

“I said 'I’m going to do something,’” he said.

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Brock hit upon the idea of walking – something that’s suited to Pam – and soon selected a destination: Coeur D’Alene, where his children and grandchildren live.

“I figured if I’m going to walk, I’m going to walk,” he said with a laugh. “I wanted to do something big, something that’s going to make an impact.”

With no physical preparation to speak of, Brock and Pam stepped out on their journey Feb. 1. They average about 20 miles daily, with Pam walking about four to five miles. The rest of the time, Brock pushes her in a stroller he specially adapted that proudly displays both the American and Wounded Warrior Project flags.

They are taking back roads across the country and have met hundreds of people, including a young man named Austin.

All along the route Brock said he is “educating people and telling them about the Wounded Warrior Project.”

Currently in Nebraska, Brock said the journey is also having a major impact on his health. When he started, he had a size 46 waist. Now, he’s down to a “loose 40.”

Brock and Pam hope to arrive in Coeur D’Alene by July 4, in time for the town’s annual Independence Day parade.

Ken Brock and Pam
Photo courtesy of Ken Brock

The duo’s page can be found here. They also have Facebook and GoFundMe pages under Ken Brock and Pam.  

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