Man On A Running Mision To Thank Vets

Albie Masland is running from L.A. to Washington, D.C. Photo: NBC

He had never run a marathon before he started his journey.

Even though Albie Masland, a Pennsylvania native, had never run a marathon or a 5K, he still felt the urge to get out and run across the country–Forest Gump-style.

Masland’s vision came to fruition after he grew disillusioned with law school.

The 28-year-old teamed with apparel maker Bullets2Bandages and started Operation Amerithon,which is a 2,900-mile run across the country to raise money to thank America’s veterans.

Together,they have raised $28,500 for the Travis Manion Foundation, which helps veterans and the families of fallen service members.

“I found myself thinking about the news of the time,” he said concerning the return of soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. “I started thinking [about] the transition from combat to civilian life.”

Though he didn’t serve in the military, Masland wanted to “channel all this energy spent running, to have a positive impact for others.”

His journey began in California on March 17. It’s slated to end in Washington, D.C. on August 18.

“I have a lot of respect for the people that serve and are courageous in battle. I can’t imagine,” he said.

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