Two Wisconsin veterans hike 1,100 miles 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.
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.
"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.orgIf 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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