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March 11, 2014

Ray Agnew: Walking for wounded warriors

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Ray Agnew is a true American hero who fought for this country during the Vietnam War. At 75 years old, Agnew is still fighting for this country, but this time he’s literally walking across America for those who have been wounded in the line of duty.

Agnew left Jacksonville on Saturday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m. He arrived in Suwannee County on Friday, March 7, at about 12 p.m., walking down US 90 pushing his cart along. He will end up in Seattle.

“I’ve been planning this trip for about four years now,” Agnew said. “I want to raise as much money as I can.”

Agnew is walking as a fundraiser for the Disabled American Veterans and is visiting American Legions along the way, collecting donations for the DAV. 

At age 22, Agnew entered the United States Army and spent one year on the battlefield in Vietnam. 

“I saw some things,” Agnew recalled. “I had nightmares for a long, long time after my time over there. I’ll never forget it.”

Agnew is expected to arrive in Seattle by the fall. 

“I have no designated time, I’m 75 years old,” he laughed. “I don’t know if anyone at my age has tried it. I’ll make it or I’ll die trying.”

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