Two men, Sargeant Major JD LeHew and Sargeant Major Rocky Kinzer, are hiking from Boston to Newport, Oregon, to raise awareness for those Killed In Action (KIA) and Missing In Action (MIA).
They are calling themselves the “The Long Road Hikers,” and they are hoping to raise enough money to build a memorial for those still missing.
Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon
Sargeant Major JD LeHew and Sargeant Major Rocky Kinzer started their journey on June 6th, 2022, and will not stop until they have reached the end of Highway 20 in Newport, Oregon, somewhere near December 20th!
The distance between Boston and Newport is 3,365 miles and covers 12 states! This is no small feat, but these two veterans have the desire and purpose for accomplishing this long hike!
Their journey has been difficult – they have had to deal with heavy rain, blustery winds, and scorching heat. But they have persevered and are almost to the end of their long journey.
If you would like to support their cause, you can donate online or give them a donation in person. They will be stopping in many different places along the way, so be sure to check their Facebook page for information about where they are going and what they are doing.
Meeting These Brave Warriors
Sargeant Major JD LeHew and Sargeant Major Rocky Kinzer will be near Highway 20 and 101 on December 20th, where there will be a large celebration for these amazing Warriors.
You can be there to show your support and welcome them at the end of Highway 20. Make sure to follow them on their Facebook page to learn exactly where they are and when they will be in Toledo and Newport.
What is MIA and KIA?
Missing in action (MIA) is an acronym used to describe people who are missing and unaccounted for as a result of the conflict. KIA is an acronym used to describe people who have been killed in the conflict.
The Missing in Action (MIA) database is a database of servicemen and women who are unaccounted for as a result of conflict. The database was created by the United States Department of Defense in 1984.
MIA stands for Missing in Action. KIA stands for Killed in Action. The following are examples of MIA/KIA casualties: In the Vietnam War, a soldier died in combat but his body was never recovered. A U.S. Marine died in action at Khe Sanh but his body was never found. A U.S. Army helicopter pilot died when his chopper was shot down. He was declared MIA, and his body was never found.
Once a soldier has been declared MIA/KIA, the family of that soldier will receive a letter from the Department of Defense that says the soldier has been declared MIA/KIA. Additionally, POW means an active duty soldier or civilian is a prisoner of war and held against their will by a foreign country.
For a U.S. Soldier to be declared MIA/KIA, he must have been lost in an enemy or hostile fire incident while serving on active duty with the U.S. military. The declaration is made by the U.S. Department of Defense. It does not mean that the soldier is dead or captured.
How Can You Help?
There is a long road still ahead for the POW/MIA families. Despite numerous promises and pledges from governments and other organizations, very little has actually been done to help these families. This is a problem that needs to be addressed.
There is no better way to raise awareness than through social media. Using social media, you can help spread the word about the POW/MIA issue and raise money for families.
You can also use social media to connect with other people who are passionate about this issue. This will help you build relationships and connections that you can use to advocate for the POW/MIA families.
So get involved in the POW/MIA issue, and help to raise awareness!