ROANOKE, Va. -

"The Walk Off The War Program" supports veterans transitioning from service by having them hike some of the country's most scenic trails.

The Warrior Hike stretches the entire 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Veteran, Sean Gobin, created and completed the hike upon returning home from Afghanistan in 2012 and wanted to help others.

The hikers make stops along the trail for food and lodging. Saturday night, VFW Post 1264 in Roanoke welcomed them with food and fun.

Gobin says the hike is a life changing experience.

"It gives you the opportunity to process and decompress from those war time experiences. Additionally, the interaction with the local communities is a great way to just reintegrate back into society," Gobin told Your Hometown News Leader.

Gobin says he was inspired to create program from a World War II veteran.

The Warrior Hike recently expanded to include other trails in the US.