The B-A-T program is a collaboration with other organizations to get
veterans of various abilities out to experience the Appalachian Trail. Participants
will complete sections of the trail over time, around specific dates to
memorialize great military accomplishments that represent the freedom gained by
overcoming our adversaries. The idea is to allow participants the
opportunity to overcome their own adversities they face through their injuries
and to raise awareness and understanding with the general public and those that
may be out there that may have their own challenges.
BAT-1: Our first mission will begin in June of
2018. American & British Blind Veterans will trek and traverse the
Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. Supported by guides and local communities,
the international expedition party will travel 75+ miles over rugged and rocky
terrain reaching elevation heights of 4,400 feet from the Georgia border at Bly
Gap to Springer Mountain. The veterans who will participate in this hike are
motivated, dedicated and driven to memorialize the June 6, 1944 Allied forces invasion of Normandy, France.
During their march the team members will discuss important historical facts and
history of the June 1944 invasion, all the while remembering those honorable
service members who came before them.