Taking steps to help

Man walking across America to raise money, awareness for veterans


April 27, 2022

Sarah Brown

Clear skies welcome Jake Sansing, above, as he walks along Highway 20 into Lebanon just days after beginning his "Jake Walks America" journey out of Newport.

It took Jake Sansing 10 days to make it to Sweet Home on foot after he began his "Jake Walks America" journey from Newport on Saturday, April 9.

Sansing, who hails from a small town in Tennessee, is determined to raise money to open a free campground in Oregon for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder by walking across the United States. That may sound like quite an accomplishment, but he's already done it five times since 2013.

Part of his mission includes selling copies of his 339-page book, "Walking America: A 10,000 Mile Journey of Self-Healing," for $25. Therein readers can lear...

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