The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced that Robert Luna, a retired Coast Guard veteran and chief petty officer, is walking from Alabama to California to raise awareness for mental health issues in the military and support for the Coast Guard Foundation’s programs. Like many veterans, he has struggled with mental health since leaving the service. Luna’s journey, “AL2LA”, began in Elwell Park in Weaver, Ala. on May 18, 2024, and will conclude at USCG Base Los Angeles/Long Beach in Los Angeles, Calif. in September.

“Every step I take is a step towards hope and healing for me, active-duty Coast Guard members, veterans, and everyone within the military community,” he said, “If I can help even one person realize they’re not alone and that it’s okay to seek help, the journey will be work it.”

“Robert is a true inspiration to all those who have been fortunate enough to meet him,” said Susan Ludwig, President of the Coast Guard Foundation. “We are grateful for his support and will follow his progress and cheer him on over the next few months as he raises awareness for military mental health through this incredible feat.”

For information on Luna’s journey and to watch his progress, visit Supporters can also follow along on his Facebook and Instagram pages. To donate to his cause, visit

To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation, or to help support its work, please visit or call 860-535-0786.