Bios- Our Veteran Walkers

Anthony Andersonback in the day

After completing basic at Ft. Benning and earning the privilege of becoming an infantryman, I served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard from 2002-2008. I deployed to Iraq in ’04 with the 256BCT from Louisiana and with the 105th Cav from Wisonsin in ’07. I volunteered for my two deployments to Iraq (2004-2005 and 2007-2008) for several reasons, chiefly, it was my duty. Growing up, my family had always stressed the importance of service to one’s community and country. I have relatives who were in the military, are teachers, health care workers, and on and on. So, really, I was just doing my part. My service impacted me in several ways, some positive and some negative. Ultimately, I wouldn’t change anything–I think I learned a lot about a lot during those years.

I’ll miss quite a bit during my time trekking across the country, but it perils in comparison to the sacrifice our service members and their families make for all of us on a daily basis, whether stateside or abroad. I’ll miss the beginning of Champions League–let’s go Madrid! I’ll miss hunting season, which has become a type of therapy for me every year. I’ll miss my bed and the traditional amenities of home. Finally, I have a wife and daughter that I will miss a great deal during this trek to LA. and I will have them as my motivation as I go. It’s ironic, each step I take takes me farther from them, but it brings me closer to the reunion I’ll have with them.

I’m doing this with Tom because I think it’s important. I believe our communities need to understand their part in the reintegration of Veterans into the community. Coming back from service, while exciting, poses issues that most people, I feel, fail to consider in the “Veteran experience.” I want to help Dryhootch raise some funds so it can continue its important work and I want to raise awareness of Veteran issues as I go. I hope that this experience will help me work out some of the issues that continue to influence me while simultaneously raising the collective consciousness about Veteran issues in each community that we pass through. I’m also doing this for my friends in the military–those still in and those out, who deserve a place like Dryhootch where their service is respected and revered without pretense. Getting into shape isn’t a bad thing either.

With that, I leave it to you to help us as we go. If you see us passing through your town, give us a honk, donate to Dryhootch, and wish us luck.

-Anthony

Tom Voss
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I served on active duty in the United States Army for three years, from 2003 to 2006.  After initial infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, I was ordered to Fort Lewis Washington to serve with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, an element of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, one of the Army’s first Stryker Infantry Brigades.

Upon arrival in the unit, I competed for and was awarded a slot in the scout sniper platoon.  A battalion of 700 typically selects around 40 of its best soldiers for this role, so I was proud to be selected for this honor and responsibility.  As a scout sniper, my mission was to move far forward of the rest of our unit (undetected by the enemy) to provide information to our headquarters and covertly attack long-range targets if ordered to do so.

In October 2004, after 20 months of training with my unit, I was deployed to Mosul, Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.  My time in Mosul was one of the most dangerous times in the war, as we were attacked daily with roadside bombs, suicide car bombs, sniper fire, mortars, and rockets.  The toll of deployment was high on our platoon with the loss of our platoon sergeant and squad leader, who were both killed in action.

While in Iraq, I was proud to participate in hundreds of combat missions, convoys, security patrols, raids, area clearance operations, and humanitarian relief operations including providing security for the first democratic elections Iraq since the invasion.  I was also fortunate to conduct several scout sniper missions with the 160thSOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment), the Army’s most elite helicopter unit.  After returning from my 11-month deployment in 2005, I left the Army in January of 2006.

17 comments on “Bios- Our Veteran Walkers
  1. Tracy Brandt says:

    Thank you both for your service to our Country and to our fellow Veterans. Good Luck and please be safe!

  2. Christopher Charter says:

    Voss I was in A Co 3/21 during Mosul, you need anything while you are in Iowa you let me know.

    Bore Brother Bore! ha ha ha

  3. Jill Schwingle says:

    Great bios, guys, and nice pics. Will be “seeing” you every time I’m on the bike trail now. Nothing that extraordinary has ever happened to me as meeting you two. And I have met some famous people. Thank you for your sacrifices to this country and our veterans.

  4. lindsey lee says:

    I think what u r doing is really awesome. i will be sure to donate to your cause.

  5. Chuck Buggey says:

    Tom
    I’m Adam Dalpra’s uncle, what you guys are doing is awesome. My wife, while hasn’t been diagnosed with PTSD, still flinches and ducks when she hears a load noise.
    If you need a place to to relax when you come through Colorado, I have a big house just outside of Schriever AFB, 20 miles from Ft. carson

  6. Courtney says:

    WOW—-I want to say THANK YOU. THANK YOU for being HEROES with the utmost SELFLESSNESS and STRENGTH. You, gentlemen, are the epitome of ADMIRABLE and INSPIRATIONAL. Your courage to fight for our country and determination to raise awareness of its devastating effects has saved and will continue to save countless precious lives. You are gifts to us all. THANK YOU

  7. Courtney says:

    WOW—-I want to say THANK YOU. THANK YOU for being HEROES with the utmost SELFLESSNESS and STRENGTH. You, gentlemen, are the epitome of ADMIRABLE and INSPIRATIONAL. Your courage to fight for our country and determination to raise awareness of its devastating effects has saved and will continue to save countless precious lives. You are gifts to us all. THANK YOU

  8. Doc4947 says:

    I live back in michigan but I stay in touch with my buddy Orm (Beach Seeker RV guy) who I know you met just recently while on Route 66. He’s a Vietnam vet and so am I and I can’t tell you how proud of you both I am for what you are doing and you obviously made an impression on Orm as well from my conversation with him. Your an inspiration to all that you meet on the road as well as some like me who have only recently learned of your trek to Los Angles to raise money and awareness to veterans issues. Thank you for your service!

  9. 2 Million Bikers to DC says:

    Posted on 2 Million Bikers to DC Facebook page & website! Let’s hope we can get you some donation! GOD BLESS YOU BOTH and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

  10. anh nguyen says:

    WOW! You guys are my heroes! God bless you both! If you need a wife, i am so totally available! joke :-))

  11. I applaude you guys! Just found out about this today. Thank you for your dedication and service to our country. God Bless You and Shalom!

  12. rich lynch says:

    Nice job Guys.. make milwaukee proud…

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