Former Captain Greg C. Washington ’05 is preparing to walk nearly 1,800 miles across 11 states to increase awareness on veteran suicide and pay respect to his two best friends killed in combat. During “A Walk to Honor,” Washington will depart from Mound Bayou, Mississippi, at the end of this month and stop in 25 cities before ending his journey at the United States Military Academy at West Point, in September.
The trip will include 65 days of walking and 71 on-site days. With each stop, he will participate in a series of scheduled rallies as a call to action to local, state and military communities to help end veteran suicide, he said. The walk will also pay tribute to 2LT Emily Perez and CPT Scott Pace, two of his closest friends and fellow 2005 academy graduates, said Washington, who served seven years and deployed twice to Iraq.
“Scotty Pace and Emily Perez were two amazing people,” Washington said during an interview. The three of them “were a peculiar bunch,” he added, as they collectively pushed each other through all the “blood, sweat, and tears” to graduate West Point and become Army officers. Full story.