Hi! I'm running this year's NY Marathon to raise money for "Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America" and aid in their mission to help veterans in Washington and at home.
For me, this is a personal mission in a couple of ways. I am an Army officer with over 15 years of service and deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Further, my sister (USAF Reserve) and mother (Ret. US Navy Reserve) have also deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan along with countless friends, most with multiple rotations to war zones. I believe that these continued rotations have had lasting effects on America's military personnel and I want to support IAVA in bringing these issues to light and improving awareness beyond the military as well as aiding our military personnel during and after their time in uniform.
Secondly will be my first full marathon, which I will be running with my wife, Patricia. It is a challenge we have discussed for years and are finally able to do together. We started running together after the birth of our first daughter and have completed many half-marathons. Now we want to go further and show our girls what determination and commitment look like.
Thank you for reading my story and supporting my personal goal and America's veteran community.
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