When Aanna Judd and her crew crossed into Mississippi for the first time, they received an escort from a Louisiana Delta Marshall named Sam Kennedy. As it turned out, Anna had a big surprise for him.
"He was in the same unit as a veteran that I interviewed in California, one of the first veterans that we interviewed and told us what it was like to have P.T.S.D," said Anna.
Anna re-connected the two veterans.
After I-20 took her through Vicksburg and Jackson, Anna arrived in Meridian.
"The people are just so amazing," she said. "[They] have such hospitality and are so kind and generous. "Whether we're running through a good neighborhood or a bad neighborhood, everyone is so welcoming. It really kinda' restores my faith in humanity a little bit."
And just like so many before, she was joined on her run by Major A.J. Brooks, the Commanding Officer of a Marine Training Squadron at Naval Air Station Meridian.
Brooks asked Anna to wear a bracelet with the name of Sergeant Nathan Aliganga, the first marine he had to bury.
After Meridian, Anna will run East to Atlanta where she will turn North toward New York City. When we spoke to her, she still had over 1100 miles to go.
"We just believe that we're going to make it, and people are always there to help us and encourage us," said Robot, a friend of Anna who works out the logistics for the trip.
When Anna finally reaches the finish line in New York, she plans to be joined by some of the new friends and veterans she met along the way. All the while, she insists this 3,000 mile run is not about her.
"All different kinds of people, both civilians and veterans coming out to show that they want to support each other and they want to start a dialogue so we can have a better understanding of each other"