A veteran in Wisconsin is making his way California... on foot. Michael Roberts is hoping to raise awareness for amputee veterans.
"I'm a veteran so I've got to do for my brothers, right?"
Roberts hopes his "Boots 2 Boots" campaign will remind people about some of the challenges his amputee veteran friends face.
Roberts says "They come back, they get shipped somewhere and they get stabilized. Then they come home and they're sent here to a facility, here in this country, and about a year later they just get in a car and go home. That's it."
The veteran won't be alone on his journey. His dog named Boots will be with him every step of the way.
"She keeps me calm," he says.
Roberts' journey is also drawing attention from fellow veterans, like Jamie Ritchie.
She plans on walking with him to Oshkosh.
When Ritchie heard about Roberts' cross-country walk, she knew she had to be a part of it.
"It's a gift to be able to do these types of things, and if I can take advantage of them during my time on earth, I'm going to," says Ritchie.
Roberts plans to make stops along the way.
"I'm going to bring a GoPro video camera, and when I get to certain locations where there's towns and there's people, I'm going to ask if i can video them and would they like to express their gratitude to these veterans," says Roberts.
He's also raising money to fund his trip and help homeless veterans.
"I'm going to provide them with the funds. I'm going to give them a coat if they need one, shoes if they need them."
Even though his entire trip will take about a year, Roberts hopes he'll make an impact along the way.