Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO)-- A group of Coast Guardsmen hit the road nine days ago in California, driving cross-country in a cart, hoping their good-hearted gesture will shed light on a project designed to get wounded veterans back on their feet.
The group hit Grand Junction today and hopes to raise $50,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project by the time they reach Washington, D.C.
Coast Guard Senior Chief Electrician Steve Pacheco said while raising money, he hopes to meet as many veterans as possible along the way.
"There was an outpour when we got there," said Pacheco. "Homemade apple pie and people putting out new flags knowing that we were coming-- it was just awesome to see people open up there wallets and make monetary donations right there on the spot."
Veteran Rich Walker was a Lance Corporal in the Marines and said vets are being hurt by budget cuts but charity movements like this one give hope.
"Vets struggle, you know, and then they give up, and with people doing this, they realize there are people out there that aren't going to give up on them, so they keep trying," said Walker.
The group averages about 200 miles a day at 28 miles per hour, for a total of 3,900 miles.
To donate and track their ride, visit their website at: http://www.cartingforacause.org/
And you can help by liking their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CartingForACause?fref=ts
or search Carting for a Cause on Facebook.
Pacheco said sponsors have agreed to match the number of Facebook likes with a monetary donation.