Sean Gobin and his nonprofit support U.S. combat veterans as they "walk off the war" on the Appalachian Trail and other long-distance hikes throughout the country.
Ranging from two to six months, these journeys give veterans a chance to connect with nature and work through their issues while enjoying the camaraderie and support of other war veterans.
Gobin's nonprofit, Warrior Hike, supplies all the equipment and supplies they need. To date, more than 70 veterans have participated in the program.
"Hiking the trail is like a reset button," Gobin said. "It helps you become a civilian again."
Michelle, a U.S. Air Force combat veteran, completed Warrior Hike's trek on the Appalachian Trail this year before returning home to her young daughter.
Gobin also organizes weekly trail town stops, where locals give the hikers a hot meal and a chance to take a shower and sleep in a real bed.
Gobin (second from right) is a U.S. Marine tank commander who fought in Iraq in 2003 and 2005 and then in Afghanistan in 2011.
Warrior Hike participants summit Mt. Katahadin in Maine after their six-month journey on the Appalachian Trail.
Gobin: "No one else understands the struggles a veteran experiences when they come home like another veteran. To see that change that's happening in the veterans involved with Warrior Hike makes all the work worthwhile."