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PAWLING, N.Y. (AP) Seven combat veterans who are hiking the Appalachian Trail as part of the "Walk Off The War" program have made a pitstop in New York.

The veterans, along with program founder Sean Gobin, arrived in Pawling, Dutchess County, around 3:30 Monday afternoon where they were greeted by a color guard and local officials.

It's part of their trek along all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Maine to Georgia. The "Walk Off The War" program supports returning combat veterans' transition to civilian life.

After the stop, there will be a community barbecue at Wingnut Farm. Along the trip, people in several communities have welcomed the hikers in for meals, hot showers and a place to stay.