The Appalachian Trail is an often treacherous test of endurance that is completed by only 25 percent of those who attempt it. Hiking the Appalachian Trail alone adds even more challenges. As Retired Sergeant First Class Eric Bourquin presses on in his 2,200 mile journey from Maine to Georgia, he'll have a new hiking partner: United States Air Force veteran Kevin Kitchen. Technical Sergeant Kitchen participated in multiple Air Force combat deployments in Kuwait and Iraq. In 2007, he medically retired from the Air Force as a result of multiple traumatic brain injuries and a diagnosis of PTSD. He is currently employed by the Army Corp of Engineers.
With training and coaching from Retired Sergeant First Class Eric Bourquin and Captain Sean Niquette, Technical Sergeant Kitchen is ready to take on the Appalachian Trail. He will join Retired Sergeant First Class Bourquin near Roanoke, VA, and together they will complete the mission toward the end of November.
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