A Marine Corps veteran touched down in San Francisco Saturday after completing an arduous trek around the country to honor his fallen friends.
Ryan Weldon, a 34-year-old from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, started his treck in February 2015 to raise awareness for military and law enforcement veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. His journey started on the East Coast, in Delaware and spanned 5,000 miles.
“When I said I was gonna do this trek, my family…thought I was crazy,” Weldon said in San Francisco. “Everyone called me crazy, and I stood up for what I believed in. I knew it was a serious cause. I knew it was a series issue. I knew I needed to do something.”
Weldon documented his long walk on his facebook page and visited other veterans along the way. A GoFundMe page set up for the veteran raised more than $8,000.