Ivan Stoltzfus, a Honey Brook resident, is once again traveling across the country in his tractor to advocate for wounded veterans, writes Abbey Taylor for Siouxland News.
Stoltzfus is a part of Operation Second Chance, an organization that assists with wounded veterans. He is currently on his third journey across the United States. He started on the East Coast and is currently making his way through Iowa.
His 1948 John Deere Tractor and an RV rarely go faster than 15 miles per hour.
“The tractor draws attention, and this is my billboard,” said Stoltzfus. “If not, I’d be going down 50 miles per hour, and they wouldn’t see it.”
Despite traveling on his own, he is never really alone. With every stop, he reunites with old friends and meets some new ones.
“Just this morning, I stopped at a gas station and a veteran stopped and told me he needed help,” he said.
Stoltzfus never served in the military. His journey is his way of giving back, he explained.
“As I get older, I feel like I took my freedom for granted, and I wanted to give back somehow,” he said.
Read more about Ivan Stoltzfus at Siouxland News here.