Chris Turley, a veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan, journeyed over 800 miles from Oklahoma to Standing Rock to join the fight against the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Turley, who walked about 250 of the miles and got rides for the rest, was greeted with song as fellow protesters lined up to hug him.
Turley left from Osage Nation Reservation in Pawhuska on Saturday, and arrived at Standing Rock Wednesday afternoon.
“I want to thank everybody here…I want to thank everyone that supported me along the way,” he told Bucky Harjo while catching his breath. “My family, my friends, my daughters…I’ll be home as soon as this journey is over.”
He posted to Facebook live during the last leg of his journey, thanking everyone for their support:
“It really meant a lot to me, getting this journey done,” he said.
Turley wounded his knee in Afghanistan and required therapy to walk again, Fox 23 reported. He received a “Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal with a ‘V’ device for Valor,” as stated on his Facebook page.
Veterans at Standing Rock are in need of tents, sleeping bags and at least 100 cots. Donations can be mailed to: Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, P.O. Box 1251, Bismarck, ND 58502 – or if you are shipping via UPS or FedEx, please use the address 220 E. Rosser Ave. #1251, Bismarck, ND 58502.