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Unique thank you to veterans

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 2nd, 2014


C. Ivan Stotzfus is traveling from Manasquan, New Jersey to Crescent City, California to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Photo/Tom Bartelt


On Wednesday, June 25 there was a man that stopped in Lusk for a bit that does not come across as your “average” traveler. C. Ivan Stoltzfus started at Manasquan, New Jersey on April 26, and is traveling across the country, of which his final destination will be Crescent City, California sometime in August.

Stoltzfus is driving a “Jonabilt” tractor, which is a 1948 John Deere Model A tractor that has been restored and then retrofitted with a 1984 Peterbilt Model 359 cab on the tractor, and he is also pulling a trailer for living purposes on the trip, which all combined together brings about a very unique look.

The purpose of this trip is to make people aware of, by his way of saying thanks to the veterans that served for our country, and raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project.

When speaking to him, Stoltzfus mentioned that he was never in the military, and the older that he gets, the more he realizes he took his freedom for granted when he was younger, and that this was an ideal way to give back by showing his respect. The goal of his trip is to raise a total in donations and of $1,000,000, of which 100% of the donations go to The Wounded Warrior Project. In order to pay for the cost of fuel, multiple sponsors have made the trip possible by paying for traveling expenses, and allow all donations to go entirely to where they were intended.

Currently, Stoltzfus is an auctioneer and real estate broker, which he has done for the past fifteen years, of which he has put on hold for this journey of saying thanks to America’s veterans. Prior to his current employment, he farmed for a living, and when speaking about his trip and what things he has come across, Stoltzfus said that “The heart to heart talks that I am having with veterans and things, there is no monetary value there and people, some in tears and just thanking me for getting the word out there and bringing awareness and that’s what keeps me going, and just veterans supporting me and asking me, don’t give up, please go, keep going.”

Stoltzfus stated that people have been very supportive to this point, and he would like to thank them for that. For those that have personal interest in his trip across the country, including where he currently is on the trip, or for those that would like to give donations to this Wounded Warriors Project, the website address is www.helpamericanheroes.com.







For the complete article see the 07-02-2014 issue.

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