Veteran travels across the nation offering free hugs

Veteran travels across the nation offering free hugs
Published: Apr. 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2015 at 9:58 PM CDT
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MARION, IL (KFVS) - One veteran is traveling across the country, offering a different type of healing to veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Ian Michael made his way to the Marion VA today with open arms.

The marine veteran along with two other vets, are traveling across the U.S. to give free hugs to veterans at VA hospitals and people in the community.

With signs of "free hugs" and "hug a vet," Michael says just a simple hug speaks volumes.

"It allows us to welcome people in our circle that we've protected for so long and accept them unconditionally with no barriers," Michael said. "And we have to accept ourselves unconditionally with no barriers to do that and there's a little spark of love that happens in a hug."

They've already been to Nashville, Tennessee.

Marion, Illinois was their second stop and are heading to St. Louis next.

"Human Project: Hugs" is apart Michael's mission  hoping to make a large enough impact that it will catch on everywhere.

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