Stepping off on April 17th, Troy Yocum, will begin a personal quest to help America's veterans. With Emmie leading off, Troy intends to drum his way across America, a 7,000 mile journey that will take him to the West coast and through 30 states over a period of 15 months.
"Is to further spread the word that our American Heroes are fighting just as hard at home as they do overseas. We hope to provide a peace of mind and lay the foundation for military families in need to succeed. Troy will literally put one foot in front of the other, crossing the great states of America to reach people and help spread the importance of helping our military families."
Troy Yocum enlisted in the Army National Guard on August 21, 2001 and received an honorable discharge, as a Specialist in 2009. This is not the first fundraiser Troy has been involved with, and the idea for this hike has been in the works since 2001. Read his Bio to learn more.
In order to complete his mission, Troy and Emmie must walk 20 miles a day for 15 months and don't forget Troy will be drumming the entire way! If you check out Troy's route, you will see they are not taking a direct route to the West Coast from Kentucky, but making a loop through the southern states, for the most part.
Speaking of Emmie (Emerson Elaine Eskridge), she will be leading the way, as Troy says that is her favorite thing to do on their walks and hikes. Check out Emmie's bio. She will be wearing her own personal camera which will snap a shot every 5 minutes. Just in case you are worried about Emmie staying healthy, Troy has already made arrangements for Emmie to keep cool in the RV that will be trailing him. Of course, Emmie isn't real keen on not being on point for the entire trip!
Troy and Emmie have been fortunate in picking up sponsors, such as Bionic Glove (they will be protecting Troy's hands), Three Dog Bakery (keeping Emmie supplied with food and treats) Clif Bar (for nutritious snacks) Merrell (supplying shoes for Troy) and many, many more!! Check out all the listed sponsors here.
While Troy is hiking, drumming and meeting folks along the way, he will also be going round the bases at 20 MLB fields, teaming up with “Heroes of the Diamond” to coordinate these events. Who else is working with Troy?
Troy will be attending benefits, mini-marathons, veterans events and more along the route as he drums his way across America. American Flag Parachutist Dallas Wittgenfield, Blue Star Mothers, Flags Across America, Patriot Guard Riders, Soldiers Angels, and did I forget to mention the bat he is carrying with him?
Being a hometown boy from Louisville, his gear wouldn't be complete without a Louisville Slugger bat which he will be carrying and gathering signatures from Mayors and Governors alike along the route. The bat will then be presented to the White House on May 11th.
If you are interested in following Troy's Drum Hike, be sure to catch him at:
Support of our veterans doesn't stop when they come home from a deployment! Troy Yocum is now turning it around to support his fellow veterans! Nobody asked him to, he saw a need and is stepping up to try and fill it.
Show him you care by helping him spread the word and/or making a donation today.