Former Marines walk cross country for wounded warrior awareness

Former Marines walk cross country for wounded warrior awareness

AMARILLO - Route 66 is still the most convenient way to travel across the country and that's why two former U.S. Marines stopped in Amarillo Sunday on their walk across the country.

The two young men left southern California on foot one month ago with 30 pound backpacks of belongings and a mission to raise awareness.

Adam Shatarsky and Christopher Senopole both served four years in the Marines and have many close friends who weren't as fortunate to come home from Afghanistan with a clean bill of health.

"We have a friend on the east coast who lost his leg from the knee down in Afghanistan," Shatarsky said. "He's probably going to join us on the last leg of the trip, whether it's with his prosthetic or in a chair."

That's why they decided to do their part to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization with a mission getting veterans the help they need.

Shatarsky and Senopole have a long road ahead of them with Washington D.C. set as their final destination.

"Our feet are pretty beat up, but just now they're finally strong enough to carry the weight and to keep going," Shatarsky said. "Everything for the first week and a half to two weeks from the ankles up was awesome, I wasn't hurting, but my feet hurt so bad."

The guys are carrying a GPS with them that tracks their progress on a Google map you can find on their Facebook page.

They hope to raise more than $100,000 to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project and have raised about $18,000 so far. Donations can be made to the cause online, click here for that website.