(WBIR-Knoxville) Adam Shatarsky and Chris Senopole received a warm welcome in Knoxville Monday afternoon. The Marine veterans are less than one month away from completing The Wounded Walk 2013. They started the mission after their four years of service.
"During our enlistment we were eating at an Outback Steakhouse and decided to do something big," said Shatarsky.
The Wounded Walk is a journey from Camp Pendleton, California to Washington D.C. The 2,700 mile expedition began June 15, 2013 and is the former Marines way of paying homage to military members who fought or are still fighting.
The walk's donation site has already received $51,000 in donations. Shatarsky and Senopole's fundraising goal is $100,000. Money not used during the walk will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"The Wounded Warrior Project is important to us. We're both infantry Marines. It struck home for us. We saw a lot of guys suffering from PTSD, amputations and things like that," Senopole said.
The University of Tennessee's Air Force ROTC program donated $600 to the cause during the vets Knoxville stop.
The Marine veterans journey is almost complete. They hope to arrive in the nation's capital by October 7, 2013.