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DILLON COUNTY, SC - As you travel along Highway 9 in Dillon County, you may spot a couple of cowboys.

"Apparently there's not that many cowboys from down here...and we tell them what we're doing and they are a little disbelieving,” said Matt Littrell,” who is a former Marine.

Along with his good friend, they're hitting "The Long Trail Home."

It’s an effort to raise both awareness and money for the Semper Fi fund that helps assists wounded warriors.

"I know it's what I’m supposed to be doing.  It just came to me.  I knew as soon as it did, that this is what I was doing,” he mentioned.

What Littrell is doing, is ultimately for a greater purpose.

He knows firsthand the horrors troops from across the country face when they come back home.

They deal with the difficult task of transitioning into everyday life, managing anxieties, which can often lead to suicide.

"I was one of those guys that almost did it.  I spent one night thinking about it hard,” Littrell explains.

Fortunately for him, he wasn't among the increasing number U.S. troops that commit suicide.

So he decided to saddle up and ride cross country.

It’s a journey that started at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina a week ago and will end at Camp Pendleton California.

"The ride picked me instead of the other way around,” he said.

Littrell says, the feeling hasn’t hit him with what it be like once he finishes his journey.

"It'll be like coming home.  It'll be the end of the greatest adventure in my life,” he stated.

To find out more about this ride you can find information on The Long Trail Home’s Facebook page.

You can also make donations directly to the Semper Fi fund.

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