My name is Jake Sansing. I became homeless after I got out of the Army, so I decided to walk across America. Alone and unsupported, I spent the next three years traveling from Tennessee to Delaware, to California, to Florida, to Alaska, back to Fl...
I lost everything in a tornado about a year after I got out of the Army, so I began walking between towns in search of a new job. After three months of not having any luck, I realized all of that walking and sleeping under the stars was helping with my PTSD. I then decided to walk across America to see if it would help with my depression and anxiety. While the idea was to walk across America once, it slowly progressed into much more than that. Alone and unsupported, I traveled from Tennessee to Delaware, to California, to Florida, to Alaska, back to Florida, and back to California again. During my travels, I was helping to raise money for Shot At Life, the Wounded Warriors Project, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. However, none of that money went to me. I did a lot of hunting, trapping, fishing, foraging, and even dumpster diving for food. I also slept outside 97% of the time, so I didn’t have to worry much about money. Every now and then I would find odd jobs so I could purchase new gear or the occasional motel room. Because my efforts were going to a good cause, this gave me a sense of purpose and self-worth that I hadn't felt since I was in the Army, which is why I continued doing it for as long as I did. I was pretty much addicted to it and continued pushing myself until my body finally reached its breaking point after 10,000 miles. I was then diagnosed with a deadly disease and immediately began treatment. Since I was still homeless at the time, I set up my tent in the woods behind the hospital and prepared to settle there for three months, so I wouldn't miss any of my appointments. To help pass the time in my tent, I decided to write a book about my experiences of traveling across the country on foot. By the end of my treatment, I had my book self-published under the title, "Walking America: A 10,000 Mile Journey of Self-Healing." If you'd be interested in checking out my book, you can find it on my website at http://www.jakesansing.com Feel free to ask me anything!
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