By Correne Martin
A true cowboy, Tony Jones has trained race horses, he’s worked on ranches. He’s lived a fortunate life and he’s decided to pay it forward.
“I’m no great citizen. I just decided to do something,” he claimed, sitting on a bench outside the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien late Tuesday morning. “I’d like to encourage others to do the same.”
The 54-year-old is riding 1,500 miles on horseback from South Dakota to Washington, D.C. in order to raise awareness about veteran suicide and funds for military veterans through the Semper Fi Fund. His cause is Cowboys Ride for Veterans Awareness.
“Since I left home,” in Fort Pierre, S.D., Jones said, “a thousand veterans have committed suicide. We’re a country protected by heroes and if we’re not willing to take care of them, then we’re without heroes, and we don’t deserve their protection.”