Vet Flag Run comes through Marion County

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Brian Geerts of Davenport is crossing the state, going from Freedom Rock to Freedom Rock. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

Brian Geerts is on a mission to raise awareness of veterans and their needs, while also raising funds for the Puppy Jake Foundation.

Geerts, of Davenport, served in the United States Marine Corps between 1983-87. He left the service with the rank of Corporal D4. Today, he is a CPA.

He began his walk across Iowa on Monday, July 22, in Pottawattamie County, going from Freedom Rock to Freedom Rock every day. We caught up with him outside Pleasantville on Highway 5, as he was making his way to the Freedom Rock in Knoxville. His route on Wednesday began in Norwalk.

This is his first of nine scheduled walks across Iowa. His plans in the future include walking everywhere from North Carolina to California.

Active in veterans’ service organizations, he wanted to do something else to help raise awareness of the needs veterans have. A personal friend of his took his own life, which motivated him further.

As he sought an organization to benefit from his efforts, he chose the Puppy Jake Foundation. This nonprofit group trains dogs to serve veterans struggling at home. Geerts has friends who have received these special canines.

Many friends are helping him out with his trek, dropping him off and picking him up at his beginning and end points each day. His trek scheduled for Thursday, July 25, is scheduled to begin in Oskaloosa.

For more on the Puppy Jake Foundation, click here. You can follow Geerts on Facebook.