Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a difference between Drum Hike and the Hike for our Heroes?
2. Where did Troy get the idea to hike across America to raise funds for Military families?
3. Why are military families in need?
4. Who receives the donations collected by Drumhike/Hike for our Heroes?
5. How do I donate?
6. How I can get to Troy’s blog and how often is it updated ?
7. How do I get to the Drum Hike/ Hike for our Heroes Website and where can I keep updated on the hike?
8. How can I keep updated on Drum Hike News?
9. Who is on the Hike for our heroes team and how can I contact them or Soldiers Angels?
10. What is The Challenge?
11. How do I view pictures of the Drum Hike/ Hike for our Heroes?
12. What is a Honor day and how can I schedule one?
13. I’m not in a position to donate right now, How else can I help?
14. Who are your Sponsors?
15. Is there any merchandise that I can purchase that helps the cause?
16. Where is Troy and what is his route?

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1. Is there a difference between Drum Hike and the Hike for our Heroes?

They are one in the same. When Troy Yocum was in Iraq he named the project Hike for our Heroes. Upon his return home he began walking around his home town and quickly learned that no one was paying much attention. He strapped on a drum and the Drum Hike was born. Soon after people began to stare and read Troy’s sign that is placed on his back. Website hits increased and donations began coming in.

2. Where did Troy get the idea to hike across America to raise funds for Military families?

While Troy was deployed in southern Iraq he checked his emails to find one from his good friend and Iraq-war veteran who had finished his military career. He had just returned home from war to find that his job was closing down due to the economy. Troy contacted charities to help his friend and thats when he found out about thousands of military families where applying for financial assistance. It was the next day when Troy decided that he could walk across America and he then drew the first map in hopes to raise funds and to spread awareness to help more families.

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3. Why are military families in need?

In most cases military pay is adequate to support our service men and women. These are not the people that we are trying to help. There are times though, that our veterans and their families may find themselves financially at need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. We are at a time in our country with the economy down, and more veterans than ever returning home with injuries. Physical and mental, this often leads to soaring medical bills and associated costs not covered by the service member’s insurance. Due to the military reductions in the 90’s nearly half of the troops serving overseas today are reservists and national guard. These are men and women that have been called away from their everyday lives and jobs. While they are on active duty their civilian employers are legally required to hold their jobs but they do not have to pay them while the service member is deployed and away from work. This often results in a significant decrease in the military members income. As a result some of these military families are finding themselves in need of a helping hand. Right now there are record numbers of active military families applying for assistance, and finding out that they don’t qualify under existing civilian program regulations. Also in this same year veterans have been committing suicide at an all time high. In fact more veterans have killed themselves in 2009 than the total American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan combined since the wars began. Thats an average of 18 veterans a day. Obviously there is a lot of work to accomplish and Drumhike and Soldiers Angels is helping to fill this gap in the system that has left Military Families with very few places to turn.

4. Who receives the donations collected by Drumhike/Hike for our Heroes?

Donations are being handled and managed through Soldiers Angels (501c3). Applicants requesting assistance are required to supply the following for consideration: proof of military service, a financial statement/summary, and copies of their bills. The applicants request for assistance is then reviewed by a case worker to determine: 1 – why the veteran and/or their family is in their present financial status. 2 – if the level of assistance that Soldiers Angels can provide is appropriate for their situation or if they should be referred to another organization. Specific questions regarding the application and review process or who is eligible to receive funds should be directed to Soldiers Angels Website or call by phone at (626) 529-5114. Also you can email at militarysupport@soldiersangels.org

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5. How do I donate?

You can donate online with PayPal or Authorize Net at Our Donations Page. Or you can donate by mail. Please make checks payable to: Soldiers’ Angels 1792 East Washington Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91104 Please notate checks to say “Hike” so we can track how much we raise For more info please email Troy.

6. How I can get to Troy’s blog and how often is it updated ?

You can get to Troy’s blog by clicking here. Troy uploads his new blogs when internet service is available. The first few months of the blog are being worked on and will be ready to view asap.

7. How do I get to the Drum Hike/ Hike for our Heroes Website and where can I keep updated on the hike?

You can get to the Drum Hike Website by clicking HERE. To best keep up to date with the hike follow us on our Facebook site, Twitter, or Youtube:

Facebook Fan PageTwitter | Youtube Channel

8. How can I keep updated on the Drum Hike in the News and other media?

We have compiled all the stories that have been in the news here: Hiking Boots in the news

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9. Who is on the Hike for our heroes team and how can I contact them or Soldiers Angels ?

The Hike For Our Heroes/Drum Hike Team consist of 4 people and 2 dogs on the road. Each human member is listed with their emails for contact.

  • Mareike Yocum – Hiker and translator for Emmie’s Twitter.
  • Terry Carmickle – Driver of the support vehicle and handler of on the road merchandise.
  • Troy Yocum – Iraq-war Vet, back from a life-changing event, who hikes across America for Military Families in need.
  • Harley the laughing Chihuahua – A funny little bundle of joy that gives out her joke of the day on Facebook and Twitter. Harley has a goal of completing 100 miles of the 7000.
  • Emmie the super Dog – An energetic Shiba Inu (Japanese breed of dog) who has walked for most of the hike excluding very hot days due to her thick fur.

Click the Contact tab on our menu bar at the top of the website or go to our Contact page.

You can also call Soldiers Angels: 626-529-5114

10. What is The Challenge?

Louisville Slugger has donated $1000 dollars and they are challenging everyone to step up to the plate and donate what you can. Anyone can donate a gift of any size!!! Go to: our donations page and accept the challenge!

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11. How do I view pictures of the Drum Hike/ Hike for our Heroes?

Click to get to Flickr’s Drum Hike Website or click the Hike for our heroes Facebook Flickr tab.

12. What is a Honor day and how can I schedule one?

A Honor day is a day dedicated in memory of one or several fallen soldiers. To schedule a day we need the permission from the family, name service branch and rank. All enquires must email Allyson Echols.

Allyson Echols
Helps to coordinate days of honor for fallen soldiers. Please contact her if you would like Troy to walk a day for your loved one.
allysoneechols@yahoo.com

13. I’m not in a position to donate right now, How else can I help?

Spread the word by mouth, internet, write letters to your local state leaders and tell the media (radio, newspapers, magazines, tv) in you area. Send out messages to motor cycle riders, VFW’s, American Legion members, boy scout troops, musicians, drum-lines, marching bands and your friends. Check out the maps on drumhike.com and see if and when I’m coming through your city or town and then come out to support the Hike for our Heroes.

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14. Who are your Sponsors?

Louisville Slugger, Merrell shoes, Goal0, Wigwam socks, Cliff bars, Loki Gear, Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Toca Percussion, Promark drum sticks and many more!

15. Is there any merchandise that I can purchase that helps the cause?

NEVER WALK ALONE SHIRTS
BUTTONS AND MAGNETS

16. Where is Troy and what is his route?

You can find out Troy’s current location by clicking here. If you would like to view an event schedule for the rest of the hike click here.

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