For retired Marine Captains Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin, Thursday's stop at the VFW Post in Hamburg was just one more reason why they're continuing their month-long journey on the Appalachian Trail.
Eric Savage, president of Freedom Auto Group dealership donated five hundred dollars, all the money will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization aimed at addressing and meeting the needs of injured service members.
“With this donation we received tonight, we're over 19 thousand dollars ...Feels great, feels great we're receiving that much support from every community and every veteran organization that we visit” said Gobin.
Gobin and Silvers began their hike in early March, and they say they're humbled by the support they've received, both on their website and facebook page, not to mention events like this one.
“Last year in Afghanistan, Sean and I were seeing a lot of these young guys coming through Camp Leatherneck where we're stationed with debilitating injuries going home with no legs, no arms, exctera. That really affected us and made us realize, we need to do something about this, we need to give back in some way and the warrior hike has been a fantastic way to do that” said Silvers.
The men plan to be finished with their hike by July 31st but they still have over 1000 miles to go until they finish their hike on Mt. Katahdin in Maine.