Veteran running perimeter of Indiana to help with Path Home


Retired Army Master Sergeant David Mitchell is running 1,000 miles around the perimeter of Indiana to promote awareness and raise funds to prevent veteran suicides – and that journey brought him through Switzerland County.

Mitchell started running on August 28th from the New Albany, Indiana VFW and expects to finish on or about November 1st, with the goal of raising $100,000 in 60 days for The Path Home organization.

Mitchell passed through Vevay on Wednesday, August 31st, visiting the VFW Oscar L. Rosenberger Post #5396. Greeted by the members of the VFW and American Legion Post #185, Mitchell shared his journey and heartfelt mission to help veterans and their families.

Veterans and community members joined Mitchell for lunch and presented him with cash donations for The Path Home organization. Mitchell thanked the community by saying, “Vevay VFW Post 5396 greeted me with open arms, lots of spaghetti, and a ton of hospitality. For such a small VFW Post, VFW Post 5396 has a huge heart. Thank you Commander and Comrades for your generous donation and hospitality. I also want to thank the Vevay American Legion for their donation.”

Mitchell has now completed over half of his 1,000-mile goal. He runs about 20 miles per day and spends his resting time visiting veterans’ organizations and communities around the perimeter of Indiana.

You can follow Mitchell’s journey on Facebook at ‘Operation Gump Run.’

For more information and volunteer opportunities please contact The Path Home at:

(812) 528-1628



Donations can be made by visiting the website, GoFundMe, or sending checks to:

The Path Home

8109 E. County Road 100 North

Avon, Indiana, 46123

The Oscar L. Rosenberger VFW Post #5396 will also accept donations for The Path Home and forward them.

The Path Home is a not for profit organization whose mission is to be there as our fellow veterans and their families find their path home. 501(c)(3) EIN 45-4049713