Two Wisconsin veterans hike 1,100 miles to inspire hope

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Two Wisconsin Veterans Hike to Inspire Hope

HARTLAND, Wis. —Two Wisconsin veterans are leaving on an 1,100 mile journey across the state.

Natalie Koffarnus and Jenni Heisz are hiking the Ice Age Trail in the hopes of connecting veterans with nature.

"I fully believe that getting back outside is a very healing process," Koffarnus said.

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Koffarnus served in Kuwait and Iraq, and Heisz served in Kuwait and Afghanistan. The women say being outdoors has been good for not only their bodies but for their souls as well.

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"I find it kind of hard to be mad when you're out in nature, and the birds are singing, and the wind is blowing through the leaves," she said. "It really is calming and relaxing to me."

Other veterans and strangers have been helping them along the way with meals, showers and places to sleep.

"The people that I have met have been just amazing," Koffarnus said.

The pair are doing their hike with the Warrior Hike program, which supports veterans transitioning from military service by hiking National Scenic Trails. To learn more, click on http://warriorhike.org

If you're a nature lover as well, take a look at some of the most beautiful parks from the Eastern United States:
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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Marsh Billings National Historical Park, Vermont

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Marsh Billings National Historical Park, Vermont

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The Appalachian Trail goes through Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts,Maryland,Maine,North Carolina,New Hampshire,New Jersey,New York,Pennsylvania,Tennessee,Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia 

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The Appalachian Trail goes through Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts,Maryland,Maine,North Carolina,New Hampshire,New Jersey,New York,Pennsylvania,Tennessee,Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia 

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The Appalachian Trail goes through Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts,Maryland,Maine,North Carolina,New Hampshire,New Jersey,New York,Pennsylvania,Tennessee,Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia 

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Niagara Falls, New York

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Niagara Falls, New York

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Niagara Falls, New York

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Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts 

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Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts

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Weir Farm, Connecticut

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Blackstone River, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

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Blackstone River Valley, Rhode Island

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Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania 

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Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania 

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Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania

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Paterson Great Falls, New Jersey

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Paterson Great Falls, New Jersey

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Piscataway Park, Maryland

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Piscataway Park, Maryland

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Chesapeake Bay, Delaware

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Chesapeake Bay, Delaware

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 Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Harpers Ferry Park, West Virginia 

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Harpers Ferry Park, West Virignia

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Congaree National Park, South Carolina

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Congaree National Park, South Carolina

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Arabia Mountain, Georgia

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Arabia Mountain, Georgia

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Everglades, Florida

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Everglades, Florida

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Everglades, Florida

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