Veteran stops in Yuma on cross-country walk

YUMA, Ariz. – A retired Marine was in Yuma over the weekend after walking all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina. Gunnery Sergeant Roy Brady Jr. began his journey back in March in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the nation’s wounded veterans.

Roy hopes to raise 35,000 dollars before he ends his trek at Camp Pendleton, California later this month.

Proceeds raised from Roy’s “Walk for Warriors” campaign will go to Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, a nonprofit in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

The veteran explained why he felt led to walk across the country.

“When they come home, they should have the best of care, bottom line, the best of care. I hope I set a trend… so hopefully somebody else can say, ‘Hey, let’s see what the situation is out there. How are our troops doing? How can we take care of them?'”

Roy said he plans to walk toward MCAS Yuma Monday morning.

People who are interested in making a donation to his cause can visit Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge’s website.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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