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Louisville soldier raises more than $500,000 for veterans in need

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)

For more than a year, and over 7,000 miles, Troy Yocum has walked more than 30 million steps across the country.

"It's been 16 months and a week at this point," says Troy Yocum.

Yocum is walking with a purpose.

"Really, the entire idea spawned from an email from a friend of mine who is an Iraq war veteran. He lost his job and eventually his house was foreclosed. Him and his family went through hard times. He was very depressed and suicidal," says Troy Yocum.  

This Iraq war veteran says he's walking to help his friend, and others like him.

So far, he's raised more than $500,000 along the way.

"Not a day goes by I'm not introduced to a family that needs help," says Troy Yocum.

With his wife and dogs by his side, they are on a mission to help other veterans.

"It's a great feeling to help all of these families in need and to see how thankful they are when we help them. Very, very emotional. I've cried many, many tears on this trip," says Mareike Yocum, Troy's wife.

Through injuries and roadblocks, Yocum has continued on. He is now back in Kentucky and 60 miles from the finish line in Louisville.

"It feels really good to be this close to home," says Yocum.

He says the journey isn't over yet. For all the soldiers that have fought for our country, Troy Yocum continues to fight for them- one step at a time.

"The job of continuing to help military families doesn't stop and I have to figure out some way that we can raise more money and help more families," says Troy Yocum.

Yocum arrives back to Louisville on Saturday.

He will begin his last nine miles at 10:00 a.m. at Captains Quarters before being escorted to Slugger Museum for a celebration. He's expected to cross the finish line at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Frazier Museum between 1:00-1:30.

To learn how to donate to Yocum's cause, log onto drumhike.com

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