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Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 8:10am

Army Ranger Inches Closer To Home

A former Fort Benning Army Ranger is running and biking 600 miles from the base in Columbus to Lebanon, Indiana.

Cory Smith is making the journey to raise awareness for veterans' issues and to reunite with his wife and infant daughter who live in Indiana.

He arrived in Louisville, Kentucky Wednesday.

The run is in partnership with GallantFew, a nonprofit veteran’s mentor network.

According to a statement from Smith on GallantFew’s website, Smith says, “I want to inspire veterans who may need to be shown that they can make it through the rough times.”

Track Smith’s progress with the embedded map below.

The map features photos of Smith and information about the run, links to his website and Facebook community page and special events in conjunction with the run.

Smith is scheduled to compete his mission Feburary 8th.