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Disabled Veteran Stops in Grapevine on Across-Country Journey

Jun 22, 2016 07:49AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Photo via GoFundMe

As you don your red, white and blue, and place a few extra American flags in your yard, maybe go and shake the hand of a local hero. Larry Hinkle, a Southlake native and disabled veteran, is stopping in Grapevine on Friday as he travels across the country on a journey to bring awareness to the nation’s veterans and first responders. The community is invited to join Hinkle and his family and friends at 6 p.m. June 24 for an evening of fellowship, fun and music at the Grapevine VFW Post 10454, 221 N. Main Street.

Hinkle started his journey called “The Hump,” on April 3 from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and will complete his mission when he steps onto Camp Pendleton, California, where he was stationed as a United States Marine from 2000-2004. Hinkle will walk more than 2,600 miles across America.

Throughout the The Hump, Hinkle will be stopping by Veterans Administration facilities, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts, American Legion, Salvation Army locations, nursing homes and homeless shelters to connect with veterans and share their stories. 

Hinkle hopes to create awareness about the problems veterans face every day, especially the disabled.

“It took me many years to get my own situation as a veteran figured out,” said Hinkle via press release. “I know what a trying process that was and how mentally exhausting that was at times. Anything that I can do to help, is what I am looking to accomplish. Serving veterans from Coast to Coast, One Step at a Time is the motto of The Hump.”

Visit to keep up with the journey and click here to make a donation. 

A Glimpse of the Journey