Posted: Sun, August 24 2014 at 9:12 PM, Updated: Sun, August 24 2014 at 11:48 PM
Grants Pass, Ore. -- Grants Pass veteran Scott Hicks has had a long two months. Driving across the country and living out of his 1965 Volkswagen Bug.
"No air conditioning, no power anything, no power steering no power brakes," Hicks stated.
But his journey was driven by purpose.
" I wanted to educate the world that 22 vets a day take their own lives," he said.
A veteran himself, Hicks has a passion for bringing about equal care for veterans and resources for those suffering from PTSD and depression.
"People talk, people don't act and I was tired of that so i wanted to get up and do something," he stated.
So on June 27th he set out in his iconic car on a journey across the country to connect with veterans. One of his stops included Washington DC where he lobbied for changes in the V.A. system.
"We have halfway houses for felons, we don't have halfway houses for soldiers with issues. That's totally unacceptable," he said.
After hearing hundreds of stories from those who have served, hitting the 12,000 mark on his odometer, and replacing his engine four times, he's now back at home.
"It was an absolute success," he stated.
And although his road trip is up Hicks says he'll continue to work for change.
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