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Wendy Bumgardner

Walking for Heroes - Across the USA

By December 11, 2013

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Carl Wentworth Walking for HeroesCarl Wentworth is taking up a journey I've seen many do over the years, walking across the USA. His cause is "Walking for Heroes." He simply asks that if people are inspired by his journey that they donate $20 or more to the Veterans charity of their choice, and maybe drop his name as the inspiration.  He has no big organization or plan behind his journey, just a shopping cart with his camping gear and essentials. Carl is in the yellow raincoat on the right.

He started in Boston on Veterans Day, 11/11/13, and his end destination is Los Angeles, California. He made it to his cousin's house in West Milford, New Jersey this weekend. He posts photos of the people he meets along the way, especially veterans, on his Facebook page, WalkingForHeroes. He also is happy to get advice on his route. He has a Donate button on his page for his survival expenses, which his cousin says are minimal. But primarily he would like to spread the word and bring in donations for veterans' charities.

Since I've "Liked" his page, I am cheered by it throughout the day as Carl posts photos of the people he meets and their well-wishes for soldiers and veterans.

It strikes me that Carl is on a pilgrim's journey. He may make it, he may turn back. Is it about the journey or the destination? Is it about the people you meet along the way? Is it how the long walk changes you? Likely, the answer to all of those questions is yes. Have you ever thought of leaving it all behind for a months-long walk across a country?
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Photo  © Carl Wentworth

Comments
December 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm
(1) Tammy Wentorth says:

love you cousin Carl and i’m so Thankful for you as I am proud of you hunny !!! Keep up the great work We all love you xoxoxoxo

December 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(2) chris stuccio says:

Today…Had the pleasure of buying him Dunkin coffee & donuts in SOMERVILLE , NJ. Amazing goal Carl has…GOD BLESS him thru his journey.

February 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm
(3) Marilyn Wood says:

Meet Carl today as he was walking down Hwy 210 in Spring Lake NC. He was on his way to Fayetteville. Got to give him props for what he is doing. Best of luck Car.

February 18, 2014 at 9:08 am
(4) Frank Collins says:

I am the commander of VFW Post 9103 in Spring Lake, North Carolina. The VFW is an organization for combat veterans only. It a comradeship among those who have been in harms way. Carl came into our post on February 7 and claimed to be a VFW member and Post commander from Connecticut. He refused to show identification or a VFW membership card. We have strict club laws in North Carolina so we had to ask him to leave. He posted and later removed poor comments about VFW in Spring Lake. He is also defacing a US Flag. This is not honoring veterans, nor is being drunk and poorly behaved. In the future if he wishes to honor veterans I’d advise him to not dishonor them by lying about his credentials and defacing a US flag. I’d advise him against enjoying all the free beer at establishments and giving those donations to veterans organizations if he truly wishes to help. I do appreciate that he cares about veterans and removed the negative comments he made. We were extremely offended because by claiming VFW membership he was claiming to be a combat veteran. I now know that he is a civilian and well meaning perhaps but he seemed like a freeloader to members of a veterans organization that helps other veterans.

March 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm
(5) tf says:

Carl has never freeloaded off anyone. This trip is sponsored by the good people he meets on the way. The man who post the comment about him being a drunk freeloader should be ashamed of ur self and u sir are not the meaning of this country. If in fact someone came to ur door and asked for anything a true blue american wknt turn another away. U sir and Ur post 9103 should learn what america is about.

March 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm
(6) Sean in CT. says:

I am a member of the VFW’s Mens Auxillary at Post 591 in Wallingford,CT. Post 591 was one of the 1st places that Carl had stopped at on his journey. He explained to our members there, veterans and auxillary, what his goal was. We all loved and supported his idea from the start. I personally have kept in touch with Carl throughout his trip to give him support and also try to get him some national news attention ( still working on that, not much luck…YET ) Carl, for the most part, has been greeted with alot of support and generosity from people he has met along the way. He NEVER asked for any money, just that if you liked what he was doing then make a donation to a veterans charity of your choice. This shows that he is NOT a scam and truly has the best intentions in mind. As far as the comments coming from the VFW Post 9103 in Spring Lake, NC, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact I spoke with a member of that post, after they had asked Carl to leave their post, and told him that Carl just wants to stop in and thank veterans face to face for serving our country. And also wanted to rest for a bit and enjoy a cold beer that HE PURCHASED on his own ! After talking with this man for a few minutes and trying to assure him that Carl was the real deal and not some scam artist or fraud he told me that he agreed that Carl was doing a good thing and he would in fact let him in the canteen for some R & R and let him show his appreciation. I also to

March 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm
(7) Sean in CT. says:

I am a member of the VFW’s Mens Auxillary at Post 591 in Wallingford,CT. Post 591 was one of the 1st places that Carl had stopped at on his journey. He explained to our members there, veterans and auxillary, what his goal was. We all loved and supported his idea from the start. I personally have kept in touch with Carl throughout his trip to give him support and also try to get him some national news attention ( still working on that, not much luck…YET ) Carl, for the most part, has been greeted with alot of support and generosity from people he has met along the way. He NEVER asked for a dime from anybody. I spoke with a member of Post 9103 in Spring Lake, NC and they know very well that Carl NEVER portrayed himself as a veteran or a commander of ANY organization. If our friends in Spring Lake had taken a moment to listen Carl, they would have realized that all he wants to do is say THANK YOU to our heroes!

March 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm
(8) SEAN IN CT. says:

Carl I didn’t have room to finish. Don’t let a few skeptics get you down.
Most of the people you have met along the way know what your doing is a GREAT thing. Keep it up brother.

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