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Man who began walk for soldiers back home

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

A Danville man that began a cross-country journey to walk a mile for every soldier killed in Iraq is back home after financial problems cut his trip short.

Curt Nix, 60, said he plans to finish his memorial walk but needs to raise about $600 before he can continue.

According to his Web site, www.soldierswalk.org, Nix walked 148 miles from May 5 to June 10, but he said he'd actually logged more than 300 miles before returning home.

That's nearly 10 percent of his goal. As of Thursday, 3,546 U.S. soldiers had died in Iraq.

Nix walked the first six miles in Decatur, then said he drove to Joplin, Mo., and hiked up to the American Discovery Trail in Dodge City, Kan. He said he made it to Colorado before having to return to Decatur.

Nix said the financial problems were personal issues and declined to elaborate.

According to posts on his Web site, money woes were not the first problems Nix faced during his trek. Painful blisters kept him from walking as much as he had hoped during the first few days, and severe thunderstorms trapped him in Pratt, Kan., for nearly a week.

Despite the hardships, Nix said he was ready to get back on the trail. He's currently raising money from friends, family and local businesses.

"It's been pretty depressing having to come here and get everything straightened out," he said. "But as soon as I can get the money together, I'll get back out there. I've committed to do it, and I don't think it's right for the men for me to just quit."

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