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Trek for the troops: Retired Army man gears up for cross-country walk

Robert Dusty Dawson’s pack needed a solid heave and swing to wrest it from the seat of his car and onto his shoulders.

It weighed about 60 pounds, and just about every ounce was something of need. The pack will be his mobile home for the next two years as Dawson, a recently retired Army master sergeant, treks across the country to raise awareness for United States veterans starting Thursday, Oct. 1. He even has a title for it, "Freedom Walk USA."

"My biggest thing is walking, raising awareness for Wounded Warriors and homeless veterans, doing community service," said Dawson.

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