WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHAS11)—One local man was honored on Thursday with one of the highest honors the President can bestow on a civilian.
Troy Yocum, President of Active Heroes, had spent his life helping veterans and returned from Washington, D.C. after receiving the Citizens Honor Medal.
On March 25, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society gave Yocum the Citizens Honor Medal. Yocum, an Army vet himself, who had seen what happens when vets feel they have no more hope.
Even as a child, Yocum knew he wanted to help others to avoid the paid of PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder and other challenges that vets face after returning home from war.
Years later, a tragedy struck Yocum’s life, a close friend who was also in the military committed suicide.
While deployed in Iraq, Yocum began mapping his way across America, armed with his story to help other veterans and their families. In 2010, Yocum, joined by his wife, started walking, on their journey they called “Hike for Heroes.”
The trip, a whopping 7,880 trek, was more than worth is according to Yocum. He raised $1.3 million for military families.
In 2011 he founded Active Heroes, a charity aimed at helping vets in every area of their lives. The charity provided wounded veterans with lifetime funds and they have active challenges, to engage vets in physical fitness. They also do repairs on veterans homes.
Active Heroes recently won a nationwide Home Depot Foundation contest, giving them a $250,000 grant to begin building a military family retreat center in Shepherdsville.