This will be the second time I have endured the painof 26.2 miles with weight on my back. I am taking on this challenge with one of my best friends Zach Ball. For those of you that dont know my military background...I have been in for a little over 8 long Infantry years, Zach joined just after me. I started with 4 years Active Duty, where I was stationed in Vilseck Germany as a part of Ghost Company 3rd Squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
I deployed to Afghanistan in the Maiwand District, my company did alot over that year. We had alot of successful good days and some bad days. Over the year we lost 4 badass brothers. PFC Cuzzupe, SPC Dupont, SPC Prentler and 1LT Hidalgo. Each of them were bad asses in their own ways. Since I came home I have worn a KIA bracelet with their names on it and I have not taken it off, besides for when I had to have MRI's done, since it arrived in the mail.
Zach deployed towards to the end of my deployment and we were able to do something most high school friends would never think to be possible. We got to sit outside, smoke a cig and shoot the shit in Kandahar. Since I came home from active duty I joined the National Guard and was fortunate enough to pick up a full time position. My unit is a Mountain Infantry Unit and although it is not active duty we train quite a bit. I was afforded the opportunity to compete in the State Marksmanship Competition and that opened alot of doors for me. Basically if I am not working my full-time position, training with my Infantry unit or working as a Part-Time Police Officer.... than I am training or competing in Marksmanship competitions.
I have been extremely successful when it comes to life in general but no matter what I remember my brothers. This challenge is, first and foremost, to honor the fallen and fundraise for a charity that helps their families. Secondly this challenge for me is to keep me in check and remind me life can suck but you just have to drink water, keep pushing and never give up.
Tough Ruck is group of military and civilians whose sole purpose is to Ruck in honor and in memory of our Fallen Service Members, Police, Firefighters and EMTs, while raising funds to support military families in times of need. We will walk a 26.2 mile course with our Rucks and carry the names of our Fallen comrades with us.
On April 15, 2013, the Tough Ruck members were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and joined the first responders to help those that were injured by the horrific blasts. They truly exemplify the best of what our Nation is. Today the Ruck happens the Saturday before Boston Marathon Monday in Concord, Massachusetts on the original trails of the Revolutionary War. Tough Ruck is the only Ruck partnered with the Boston Marathon and finishers are awarded the official Boston Marathon Medals and receive recognition from the Boston Athletic Association.