Homeless Vet Bikes Across Country With His Furry Best Friend To Raise Awareness For Vets Like Him

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Harold Palmquist is biking across the country with his dog to help save the lives of the 40,000 homeless veterans in the United States. His story behind it is a fascinating one.

Palmquist served in the Air Force as an aircraft armament systems specialist. Once he was out of the service, he got married, had kids, and got divorced. Then his life started to go downhill.

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vets and their pets

He was running out of money, so he started to drive a taxi to make some cash. Since he didn’t have a home, he would live in that same taxi. He approached a shelter who agreed to take him in, but they said his dog, Daisy, would not be able to stay with him.

That’s when Palmquist called Veterans and Their Pets, who said they would take Daisy in until he could get back on his feet.

vets and their pets

vets and their pets

Despite everything Palmquist has been through, he has never given up on life and he’s now using his rocky past to make a difference for others. He is now biking across the country with his furry best friend to raise awareness for vets who are just like him.

“I can do this and I can show people veterans will stay on the street instead of parting with their animals,” Palmquist told WSPA. “I had my bike, how am I gonna hall the dog… bought myself a trailer, and the dog crate I had with me… that’s why it kinda looks homemade like this and we crossed the country.”

vets and their pets

vets and their pets

He biked from Los Angeles to St. Simons, Georgia, and now they are biking all the way back.

“I’d be on the streets without them, so now I’m on the streets by choice in a way, and making a difference,” Palmquist told WSPA.

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vets and their pets

Palmquist shares all of the moments from his travels on his Facebook page.

To help this great cause, you can click here to donate to Veterans and Their Pets.

Learn more about this paw-some story in the video below:

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.