My name is Kurt Power. I am an Iraq War Purple Heart Recipient and proud graduate of the Home Base Program. I’m no marathon runner (or even a runner in general) and a marathon certainly isn‘t on my bucket list but PLEASE let me tell you why I have decided to run this year’s Boston Marathon. I am running because as a combat veteran/wounded warrior I wake up every morning knowing that 22 of my military brothers and sisters will take their own life by the end of the day...so I will do ANYTHING in my power to try and help. We all took an oath to leave no man (or woman) behind and we wouldn’t leave a wounded soldier to die on the battlefield so why would we do it in now in the civilian world because their battle isn't over. I have no desire to run 26.2 whatsoever but I do have a desire to help and to try and save the lives of our American Heroes. I’m the straightest shooter in the world...I'm old, fat, I’ve been shot by a sniper, I’m full of scar tissue, and I have 11 pieces of shrapnel still lodged in my chest but I’ll crawl the 26.2 if i have to to finish this marathon if it can convince just one Veteran out there in crisis to stay just one more day. I run not only to raise money for their treatment at the Home Base Program, a world class program for PTSD and TBI that is saving Veterans lives on a daily basis, but in hopes it will help raise support and awareness for the fight against VETERAN SUICIDE. It’s time for all of us to join forces and start fighting for the brave men and women who fight for us every single day. PLEASE consider supporting me in this mission, no contribution is too small, and I promise you collectively we can make a difference! Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you so much for your support of the Troops!!
ALSO THE VIDEO POSTED ABOVE IS A DOCUMENTARY THAT AIRED ABOUT ME ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL LAST YEAR. IT'S IN A FISHING BOAT BUT IT'S FAR FROM A FISHING SHOW. IT'S AN OPEN AND HONEST INTERVIEW ABOUT NOT ONLY MY TIME OVERSEAS BUT MY STRUGGLE WITH POST WAR REINTERGRATION. PLEASE WATCH IT IF YOU GET A CHANCE.
KURT J. POWER 🇺🇸
***Thank you so much to my amazing sponsors Dunkin’ and Mayor Walsh for your incredible support of the Troops and the Home Base Program! Dunkin is supporting me in my mission by donating $5,000 and the MJW Charitable Foundation is donating $2,500 both to the Home Base Program!!!*** #TheTroopsRunOnDunkin #MartySupportstheTroops #DunkinSupportsTheTroops #VeteransforMayorWalsh
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote:
Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.