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Cross-country trip benefiting wounded veterans

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A kick-off celebration was held Saturday for a cross-country drive supporting wounded veterans.

A convoy of zero-emission, low speed electric vehicles are driving from San Diego to Florida over approximately 45 days.

"They sacrificed so much so that we can have this and they need the best attention our country can give them," Navy Veteran Dave Olson said. 

For Olson, helping his fellow veterans isn't a challenge but rather something he feels honored to do, even if that means driving from San Diego to Florida in an electric vehicle. 

"Driving one of these things across the country is exciting...I'm humbled to be a part of this event." 

Olson is one of only a handful of veterans chosen by Columbia ParCar to take part in their drive for veterans. 

The company donated a convoy, which will travel the country, making fundraising stops along the way. 

"Every city along the way, there's going to be cookouts, BBQ's, celebrations while we're there."

Organizer Del Smith says the entire journey will take 45 days, in large part because 25 miles per hour is the fastest these vehicles can go.

Through sponsorships and donations, a portion of the money raised will help support the Semper Fi Fund, an organization providing support to injured military personnel and their families. 

"There's the wounds we see, and there's the wounds we don't see. Traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress and the Semper Fi Fund is helping the service members and their families for both wounds," said Wendy Lethin.  

People like Camp Pendleton-based Marine Michael Hernandez. 

"We are there from day one...we have a lifetime commitment," Lethin said.  

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