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How One Man’s Long Trail Home is Helping Veterans

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Could you ride a mustang from coast to coast across the United States? Matt Littrell, of North Carolina is a veteran of the Marine Corp who served two deployments in Iraq and he’s now in the process of accomplishing this incredible feat.

How did he come up with the idea? Matt found that working with horses helped him make the transition back to civilian life. "The horses have been a very important part of how I became how I am now." Matt adopted a mustang named Crow who’s helped inspire him to make the trek on behalf of his fellow veterans. The reason was that after Iraq, Matt found that as many of his fellow veterans were dying from suicides as were lost in the war.

So on May 1, Littrell began his half year trek riding on two mustangs from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to Camp Pendleton in California. Matt hopes to raise millions for the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit helping veteran’s transition successfully to civilian life. His goal is to raise awareness while raising funds to assist our wounded and ill service members and their families.
"What I'm calling the whole deal is the Long Trail Home, and it is," Littrell said. "Coming back, transitioning and rejoining society and getting right with yourself again; it's a long, long, hard trail."

Here’s a recent post that Matt made on his Facebook page:
“I'm lying in my bed (tarp) beside a dying campfire under a blanket of stars 20 feet away from my horses. I cannot remember being this much at peace in a long time. The philosopher Augustus McCrae once said "it's not about where you die, it's about where you live". I believe that we are truly living! I believe again in the goodness of people and I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and that we will succeed. The only things we have are carried by Roy but we feel like the richest men on the face of the earth due to all of you. Goodnight.”

Semper Fi Matt Littrell!

You can find more information and track Matt’s journey on his Facebook page.