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Veterans participating in cross country relay to promote unity

One of 70 teams traveled through SB County

Veterans participating in cross...

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - 70 teams of veterans and their supporters are participating in the fourth annual Old Glory Relay.

Their trek began on September 11 in Seattle, Washington. Teams will reach the final destination in Tampa, Florida on Veterans Day on November 11.

Different teams complete certain parts of the journey.

A team traveled through Santa Barbara County on Wednesday morning. They began in Santa Ynez and made their way through Santa Barbara, Summerland and ended their day at Rincon Point in Carpinteria.

The teams are primarily made up of veterans. The goal is to help veterans get in touch with the communities they risked their lives to protect.

"Without question, when folks get out they miss that sense of purpose. They miss that sense of community, that comradery," said Garrett Cathcart, a veteran.

There are also civilians on the teams.

"It's actually really exciting to be able to run with someone you care about and you're sharing a mission together. It's been a really great experience," said Lisa Richmond, relay participant.

Richmond ran alongside and in support of her boyfriend, Josh Kossman, who is a veteran.

Throughout the 4,600 mile journey, the teams will never let go of a single United States Flag. It holds a different meaning for each person, but it unites them in their mission to raise awareness and enrich the lives of veterans.

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