Fundraising trip for wounded veterans could be derailed in PA

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 26, 2014 4:04 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A Berks County man's trip meant to honor wounded military veterans is facing a few speed bumps in Pennsylvania, as PennDOT has been hesitant to approve the idea.


Photo by Across America for Wounded Heroes

C. Ivan Stolfus is hoping to make a cross-country trek to benefit the Wounded Warrior project, calling it "Across America for Wounded Warriors."

"I want to highlight the men and women that paid the ultimate price, and that came back, and they need our help to try to just fit back into society," says Stolfus.

The Morgantown man plans to start out on a slow-moving tractor in New Jersey, and says that state's been supportive, including offering a state police escort.

But, PennDOT says it is technically a special event, and wants assurances safety won't be compromised and traffic backups won't pop up for the length of the trip.

Stolfus fears it could take months for approval, and he's scheduled to start rolling in New Jersey in late April.

So, he's offering to take back roads if it helps push the plan forward.

"I think it's a fair compromise. However, I do have a big strobe light up on top, of course I've got flashers, slow moving vehicle triangle signs in the back. I feel like I did everything that I know to do."

PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt says it's been talking with Stolfus since August, and it's hopeful they come to an agreement.

Stolfus, a retired auctioneer, is hoping to raise one million dollars at benefit auctions throughout his journey across America.

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