DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Operation Heartland gave the city of Davenport a wooden flag in remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives in combat.
The flag was apart of a total of 44 wooden flags with 6,900 initials on them.
U.S. Army veterans Daniel Shenstrom and Justin Matejcek said the flags are being placed along the Mississippi River during their 85-day journey traveling the length of the river.
According to Matejeck, they decided to paddle along the river to show veterans can do amazing things.
“When we’re done on mile marker zero in New Orleans, every service member will be honored,” said Shenstrom.
Shenstrom said he is paddling to bring a positive light to veterans.
“We picked the Mississippi River because it just goes dead through the center of the heartland of this country and you’re dealing with people from all different walks of life. These are men and women that give up a lot to serve our country for various reasons, some are patriotism some go to school and some is for a better life but the one common goal is to make it better for everybody in this country,” said Shenstrom.
According to both veterans, they said they have met amazing people along the journey. Matejcek said he took this journey because he wants to give veterans a better life after leaving the military.
“When I got out of the military I look at the struggles that I’ve faced and everyone was quick to say I had PTSD and what bothered me wasn’t what happened overseas it’s what happened when I got back home and the lack of support there was,” said Matejcek.
Matejcek said he is paddling to bring awareness to his non-profit organization called Veterans Adventure Group, which gives veterans…