As many of you know, it should come as no surprise that I support our military in more ways than one. This February is no different. I am particptaing in Run Ranger Run IV(4) in order to raise both money and awareness for our veterans.
I am part of a team that has pledged to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February. We will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for stated veteran issues.
Veterans continue to battle record high levels of unemployment, under-employment, homelessness and suicide. The VA reports twenty two veterans take their own lives daily, and active duty suicides have averaged one per day. We can and do make a difference!
Why 565 miles?
In 2012, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran US Army Corporal Cory Smith, having deployed to combat twice, experienced having friends killed and wounded and with his own marriage failing decided to highlight the difficult journey home many soldiers have leaving the Army by undergoing a very public and very difficult journey home himself. Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days with holding his daughter Elleigh in his arms the end goal of his run.
As a Result
To honor Cory’s incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – we are offering an annual Run Ranger Run event.
Please follow me on my journey with my team as we attempt to accomplish those 565 miles for our veterans and for my extended Ranger family. Raising both awareness and donations for our veterans is the least we can do as a thank you for their sacrifices. #RLTW