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Grayling man walks 100 miles to honor military

Jack VanPutten, along with his friend Matt Townsend, are walking 100 miles over the next three days to honor veterans and active military.

KALKASKA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan man is putting his boots on the ground this weekend to honor those who lace up theirs protecting our nation's freedom.

Jack VanPutten of Grayling is walking 100 miles over the next three days to honor service men and women.

Jack's Walk of Honor will take him, and a crew of three including his friend Matt Townsend, from Camp Grayling down M-72 until he reaches Traverse City. From there, VanPutten will turn around and head back to Grayling.

VanPutten has several members of the military in his family, and is completing his third Walk of Honor this year to honor them and active military and veterans everywhere.

“Neither Matt or I have any military experience. We love our country. We love our freedom," VanPutten said. "This is one way that we can honor that. We are walking all 100 miles in combat boots. It was just another way that could honor them and just another way that we could pretty much walk in their shoes.”

On day three of his trek, Jack is walking 22 miles in honor of the 22 veterans that take their own lives every day.

VanPutten is raising money through t-shirt sales and monetary donations to give to five National Guard family readiness groups in the northern Michigan region.

If you'd like to contribute, you may do so on Jack's Walk of Honor's GoFundMe page.

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