Grants Pass veteran's trip to inspire other veterans

, Posted: Mon, July 7 2014 at 6:11 PM, Updated: Mon, July 7 2014 at 6:33 PM

Grants Pass, Ore. -- A Grants Pass veteran is on the trip of a lifetime.

He's on an 11,000 mile journey, to inspire veterans suffering from depression & post traumatic stress.

"It's an opportunity to get up and do something," said Scott Hicks, who was driving through Texas Monday.

His trip started last Monday, 3 days later than planned after engine trouble held him up in Ashland.

Hicks is posting pictures and video blogs of his journey online, and connecting with military veterans along the way.

"I get a lot veterans everywhere I go that are just coming up to me and go 'man, this is amazing. I've been following you on Facebook, and watching the videos and stuff like that.' Or 'hey, what are you doing?' And then I get to talk to them about it, and they are very appreciative."

Hicks plans to share those conversations with as many senators and members of congress as he can when he visits Washington D.C. later this month.

He's doing it in a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle with no air conditioning.

"It's very hot, and it's very sweaty," he said.

But he says its a small sacrifice in an attempt to make a big difference.

"The car gets a lot of attention, and that was the point of it, if I had just driven some new car or an R.V. or something like that, that was just any old thing everything else on the road, no body would had looked at it. But when everyone has to pass me because my  maximum speed is 60 miles per hour, they look."

Hicks' plans to end his trip in Grants Pass on August 23 at the annual Ratrod-O-Rama.

To learn more, you can visit Hicks website or Facebook page, by following the links below.

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