Local Vietnam veterans Linn Hutchison, Dale Wilson and James Rubner talk with Laughlin. Laughlin is second from left.
The Paper Photos by Stacey Baschwit
Local Vietnam veterans Linn Hutchison, Dale Wilson and James Rubner talk with Laughlin. Laughlin is second from left. The Paper Photos by Stacey Baschwit
From the far southern tip of Vietnam to the far north is about 1,025. That’s less than half the miles United States Marine Corps veteran and Desert Storm combat vet Scott Laughlin plans to walk.
The 1989 Crawfordsville High School graduate is set to hike from Parris Island, S.C. to San Diego – a distance of approximately 2,500 in an effort to raise money and awareness for Vietnam Veterans.
Laughlin's father Dave is a Vietnam veteran. Scott sponsored Dave on an Honor Flight and said that the experience opened his eyes to the struggles Vietnam veterans face.
“I've done a lot of reading up on Vietnam war and stuff over the years . . . my dad was in Vietnam,” Scott explained. “I've heard a lot of stories from Vietnam vets over the years (about) how they got treated when they came back. So I just decided years ago I wanted to do something to help our Vietnam vets. Going out there to Washington D.C with my dad three years ago, with all the Vietnam vets on the Honor Flight, just opened my eyes to realize how bad they did have it. I knew they had it bad but when you see over 200 Vietnam vets on a plane flight get choked up going to all the memorials and stuff like that made me realize it was a lot worse than even I thought it was. Even then, I didn't know what I wanted to do. I just woke up one day and, being in the Marine Corps myself, I thought it'd be cool to walk from South Carolina to San Diego.”
He realizes just how big of a commitment that is.
“It will take 62 days to cover the 2,500 miles,” Laughlin said. “The purpose of this walk is to raise awareness and money for my heroes, the Vietnam vets.”
Laughlin is currently training for the cross-country trek and has walked a 40-mile route from Lafayette to Crawfordsville twice. The Paper caught up with Laughlin on his way through as he made a short stop at the American Legion, Byron Cox Post.
Laughlin says his biggest concern is his back and his feet. He says his end goal is to raise as much money and bring as much attention to Vietnam veterans as he can.
You can follow Scott's journey on Facebook at Scott's Vietnam Veteran's Charity Walk 2021.

Stacey Baschwit works at The Paper of Montgomery County, along with her many other duties, and writes a weekly col-umn about the people, places and events that make up her world.