Troy Yocum, Iraq War Veteran, Walks Coast-To-Coast Fundraising For Soldiers (VIDEO)

07/30/2011 11:59 am ET | Updated Jun 14, 2012

Troy Yocum is on a mission to make sure America's heroes are remembered.

The Iraq war veteran is walking across the country to raise money for veterans.

News 9 in Syracuse reports his journey so far:

Troy Yocum has already walked more than 7,000 miles -- from Louisville, to Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, and Boston. He visited Syracuse to honor a marine he's never met, to thank his family and to make a promise that every story he hears along his journey will be heard and remembered. reports that Yocum hopes to raise $5 million to help military families in need.

Yocum started his journey in April 2010, and, after the first 13 months, he had raised just $200,000, according to the Daily News.

Then, Mitchell Modell, the CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, got friends to help Yocum generate another $260,000 in three months.

Now, after suffering through kidney stones, a foot infection and a neck injury along the way, Yocum remains determined to keep bringing hope to mourning families.

"They have fought for us, and now I will fight for them," Yocum told the Star Gazette. "If I reach the goal of $5 million, then many families will be helped."

WATCH Yocum's journey: