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Man Commits to Paddle Over 350 Miles to Raise Money for Veterans

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Austin man Aaron Gonzalez is taking to the water for a roughly 367-mile long trip from Port Isabel to Port Arthur. He will paddle along the Gulf of Mexico coast from the southern tip of Texas up to the Texas/Louisiana border, and he’s doing it all for a good cause.

Gonzalez wants to support Patriot PAWS. According to their website, Patriot PAWS trains and matches service dogs to disabled veterans with physical and emotional impairments for free. The valuable service changes the lives of veterans and the dogs for the better, and Gonzalez hopes to give the nonprofit $15,000 at the end of his journey.

Gonzalez knows the importance of man’s best friend. He talked to KVUE about his companion, Skyy, who he takes road trips with. “There’s a kind of love that only real dog owners know. They’ll love you and always be there for you no matter what and that’s why I’ve decided to take off on my next adventure,” he said.

While standing on a paddle board, rowing toward his destination, Gonzales will cover around 30 miles a day carrying only a backpack, and he’ll sleep on the beach. He aims to meet people along the way to spread awareness about Patriot PAWS, which he’s collecting money for via his GoFundMe page.