Five weeks after Ranger Cory Smith left Columbus on foot for a 565-mile trip home to Indianapolis, he was set to arrive at Monument Circle Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m right there,” Smith said during a telephone interview. “What’s a mile and half out of 565.”
Smith, 28, decided to run home to call attention to homelessness, suicide and other struggles faced by veterans after leaving the military. The trip through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana was expected to take 28 days but it was extended with a right foot injury, a trip to the president’s State of the Union speech and a job interview.
Smith, who served with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, teamed up with GallantFew Inc., for the trip. The nonprofit organization helps Rangers return to civilian life with mentoring from Rangers who have found success after leaving the military.