Former Marine saddles up to benefit veterans - WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC

Former Marine saddles up to benefit veterans

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed StoriesMore>>

  • SC youth pastor killed in hit & run crash

    SC youth pastor killed in hit & run crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:12:29 GMT
    Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly wreck in Spartanburg County, where troopers say a driver left the scene after hitting youth pastor Jemel "Jay" Hillard Lawter, Jr. Troopers are still searching for the hit-and-run driver.It happened on Interstate 26 westbound just past Highway 221 near mile marker 29 around 5 a.m. Monday. The interstate was closed until about 10 a.m. on the westbound side at exit 35.Corporal Bill Rhyne said Timothy Holden from Spartanburg was driving eastbound on I-26 ...
    Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly wreck in Spartanburg County, where troopers say a driver left the scene after hitting youth pastor Jemel "Jay" Hillard Lawter, Jr. Troopers are still searching for the hit-and-run driver.It happened on Interstate 26 westbound just past Highway 221 near mile marker 29 around 5 a.m. Monday. The interstate was closed until about 10 a.m. on the westbound side at exit 35.Corporal Bill Rhyne said Timothy Holden from Spartanburg was driving eastbound on I-26 ...
  • Letter found with body of ASU student

    Letter found with body of ASU student

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:17 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:17:44 GMT
    Anna Smith Anna Smith
    The Boone Police Department said Monday that a letter was discovered with the body of an Appalachian State University student, indicating her death may have been a suicide.The body of 18-year-old Anna Smith was discovered Saturday in a heavily wooded area off Poplar Grove Road in Boone, not far from the university. She had been missing since Sept. 3 when she was seen leaving her college dorm.Boone Police said in a statement on their website that a letter written by Smith was discovered with h...
    The Boone Police Department said Monday that a letter was discovered with the body of an Appalachian State University student, indicating her death may have been a suicide.The body of 18-year-old Anna Smith was discovered Saturday in a heavily wooded area off Poplar Grove Road in Boone, not far from the university. She had been missing since Sept. 3 when she was seen leaving her college dorm.Boone Police said in a statement on their website that a letter written by Smith was discovered with h...
  • Nearly 60 arrested in SC town's 4-day prostitution sting

    Nearly 60 arrested in SC town's 4-day prostitution sting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:42:19 GMT
    WSPA imagesWSPA images
    Greenville Police released information Tuesday that 59 people were arrested in a four day long prostitution sting.  Of the 59 people 33 of them were "Johns", 25 were prostitutes, and one was arrested as a pimp for aiding and abetting.
    Greenville Police released information Tuesday that 59 people were arrested in a four day long prostitution sting.  Of the 59 people 33 of them were "Johns", 25 were prostitutes, and one was arrested as a pimp for aiding and abetting.
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.

  • News VideoMore>>

  • Guardians ad Litem speaks about the fine line between spanking and abuse

    Guardians ad Litem speaks about the fine line between spanking and abuse

    The issue may have ended Ray Rice's football career. In addition, Panther's Defensive End Greg Hardy and Viking's star Running Back Adrian Peterson all sat out this weekends's games. While Hardy and Rice's cases involve adults, authorities say Peterson abused his four-year-old son. Peterson called the incident a "spanking."
    The issue may have ended Ray Rice's football career. In addition, Panther's Defensive End Greg Hardy and Viking's star Running Back Adrian Peterson all sat out this weekend's games. While Hardy and Rice's cases involve adults, authorities say Peterson abused his four-year-old son. Peterson called the incident a "spanking."

  • E-cigarette trend hits the Darlington County Detention Center

    E-cigarette trend hits the Darlington County Detention Center

    The Darlington County Detention Center offers inmates electronic-cigarettes for purchase, bringing in extra revenue.
    The Darlington County Detention Center offers inmates electronic-cigarettes for purchase, bringing in extra revenue.
  • EXTRA CREDIT: September TOY

    EXTRA CREDIT: September TOY

    Dozens of teachers across the Pee Dee were honored this school year for their achievement in and outside the classroom.

    Someone in their school nominates them and then an outside committee picks from the 2014-1025 Teacher of the year from a district list.

    Dozens of teachers across the Pee Dee were honored this school year for their achievement in and outside the classroom.

    Someone in their school nominates them and then an outside committee picks from the 2014-1025 Teacher of the year from a district list.

Powered by WorldNow

101 McDonald Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Telephone: 843.293.1301
Fax: 843.293.1760
Email: news@wbtw.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company