Veterans return to Milwaukee after walking to Los Angeles

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Two veterans returned home to Milwaukee Saturday afternoon, February 15th, after walking 2,700 miles to Los Angeles. Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson were greeted by community leaders to a hero's welcome.

The men started their journey in August and made it to their California destination on February 1st.

"There's a lot of stuff that we got a chance to work through and, you know, work on while we're out there so I think it was successful," said Voss.

Both Voss and Anderson have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.

"Mentally and physically I feel as thought I'm in a much better place than I was six months ago," said Anderson.

The friends decided to make the trek not only for personal reasons, but to help bring awareness to issues facing today's veterans. The walk also raised money for Dryhootch, a local non-profit supporting vets. The goal of raising $100,000 was reached just at the end of their journey.

Veteran Stan Kass, who helped push the men over their fundraising goal, said he knew he wanted to get involved as soon as he heard their story.

"My wife passed away and she was a very good investor, so it's my job to give the money away," said Kass.

After months of walking, Voss and Anderson returned home to rest -- but say they aren't finished with their mission just yet.

"I think that we've done a good job representing Dryhootch. I think that we've done a good job representing veterans and their families, but I think there's still so much work ahead that what we just did pales in comparison," Anderson said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele were among those who gathered at the county's war memorial to welcome the men home.

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