Marine’s 2,700 Cross-Country Walk to Stop in Albuquerque

by Ray Seva

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2014

 March Across America Designed to Raise Awareness of Two Veterans’ Organizations

 Wednesday, August 27 (2pm)

Albuquerque/New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial

1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE

 

(ALBUQUERQUE, NM)— A Marine Corporal’s 2,700 cross-country walk to raise awareness of the needs of veterans is scheduled to stop in Albuquerque on August 27.

Justin Kuhel’s March Across America is scheduled to be greeted by members of the Patriot Guard Riders at 11am at the Carnuel exit on westbound Interstate 40. The PGR riders are then scheduled to accompany him into Albuquerque and to the Tramway exit by 12:15pm, where Kuhel is scheduled to be met by a police escort. Kuhel, the police escort and the PGR riders will then make their way down Central Avenue–and then to Louisiana Blvd., where they will proceed south towards a scheduled 2pm Welcome Ceremony at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial, located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE.

Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Timothy Hale, senior members of the New Mexico National Guard and other local and military leaders are scheduled to greet Kuhel upon his arrival at the Memorial.

Kuhel, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan before being honorably discharged in 2010, will then be taken to a 3pm reception at the Motel 6 located at 6015 Iliff NW, which is housing Kuhel free of charge during his planned three-day “rest stop” in Albuquerque. While in the Duke City, Kuhel is scheduled to meet members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Chapter 1966, tour and meet patients at the Albuquerque Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, attend a luncheon in his honor at American Legion Post 69, and tour the National Nuclear Museum of Science and History.

The Ohio native left Camp Lejeune, NC, on May 23 on his walking trip which is also trying to raise money for the Headstrong Project, which provides free mental health care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and Help Our Military Heroes, which builds specialized vans for severely wounded veterans. His cross-country trek is scheduled to end at Camp Pendleton just north of San Diego, CA sometime in October.

For more information about Justin Kuhel’s visit to Albuquerque, contact Millie Woods at (575) 336-2828.

For more information about Justin’s March Across America, go to http://www.marchacrossamerica.org.

 

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