EVENT DATE: May 31, 2014
Mileage Tracker: 1,189.7
The Memory Miles National Challenge is back for the 4th year in a row! This year we hope to walk, run, hike, bike or pedal to our goal of 100,000 miles in memory of our fallen heroes! We also have selected to help raise $100,000 to repair the entrance road at the military family retreat in Shepherdsville, KY.
Join by creating your very own fundraising page and add up your miles from March 1st - May 31st and help raise important awareness about veteran suicide. Watch the video to the left to see the retreat as it currently is.
Log your miles under the edit tab at the bottom when you open advanced settings.
If you have an Iphone you can also track your activities. You can complete your miles in your neighborhood by yourself or create a team and get your friends involved.
Here is the phone app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/active-heroes/id635435400?ls=1&mt=8
Veterans continue to battle record high levels of unemployment, under-employment, homelessness and suicide. The most recent Department of Labor Statistics from May 2012 show Global War on Terror veterans are 40% more likely to be unemployed than a person who never served. The VA reports eighteen veterans take their own lives daily, and active duty suicides have averaged one per day this year – a rate unheard of before now. We can make a difference! The Active Heroes Retreat will have levels of programs to support veterans and their families. The programs are basedon 5 pillars of healing: Family and Community bonding, Mental and physical health and Skill Development.
In 2010-2011, Army veteran Troy Yocum hiked 7880 miles across America to raise funds for military families. Teams of supporters have been hiking since to build a military family retreat. Troy Yocum founded Active Heroes to help many military families. In 2013, Active Heroes won a grant to purchase the land in Shepherdsville, KY to begin building the military family retreat.
As a Result
The incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around suicide – we are offering an annual Memory Miles event.
- A team captain recruits and forms his or her team.
- Team goal is to walk, run or ride a bike (or any combination) a total of 222 miles or more during March - May.
- Teams can be any number of people.
- Teams are not limited geographically. It can be a local group that logs mileage together or could be a team spread out across the USA or even overseas.
- Teams can honor a fallen, wounded or serving soldier, sailor, airman or Marine by naming their team in honor of that person, and their team website should be able to reflect that.
- Teams will register and track their progress online (add your miles complete in the advanced edit section)
- Teams raise money by getting family, friends and co-workers to sponsor them per mile
Visit our official web site at www.ActiveHeroe.org