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Sgt. Kyle Lonas (3/5 Dark Horse)

Organized by: Efren Celestino

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One day at a time
October 05, 2016

Kyle is doing much better this week compare to last month. He's working on his resume and taking his time so to make sure he's doing okay before See More


My name is Ren and I am a United States Marine Veteran. This is not about me, but it is about my brother Sgt. Kyle Lonas, who I've served with in the United States Marine Corps 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Charlie Company. When Kyle and I first met, it was because of our company PFT (physical fitness test). Our 1st Sergeant asking who's going to win between the two of us since we were the fastest runners in the company. We've talked about track & field and how fast we can run. Growing up as a runner, I've always been a fast runner. Kyle, however, beat me to get first place. We became good friends after that, realizing we have a lot of things in common. We deployed together with the 13th MEU. Once every week during that deployment, we'd go to the back where the propellers were located and would watch the water getting blown out with sea creatures under the moonlight. We'd talk about how much we missed our family. One evening, he came to my bunk only to wake me up, sounding super excited. "Guess what bro? I'm about to become a dad!" That was the first time I found out about Carson, his son. We came back from that deployment, and he crossdecked(transferred) to another unit that was getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. It was the unit 3/5 Dark Horse. It was too late for me to request a transfer since they've met the numbers they were looking for. Kyle went to Sangin District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan with 3/5 Dark Horse. Twenty-five of the battalion's Marines were killed in action and 200 were wounded. Kyle, my brother, came home. However, he now suffers from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). As we transitioned to the civilian life, he now has 3 children, and a beautiful fiance that takes good care of him. Recently, he lost his job due to suffering from PTSD. I've thought of ways of how can I help my brother in need and I came up with a solution: As a runner and his brother, I would like to raise money to donate to him as he looks for another job. The money I raise will help him provide for gas for his transportation to job interviews and VA hospitals. It will also provide for printing resumes and applications as well as help pay the bills and anything they need. Hopefully, I raise enough money as it will be going towards medical expenses, truck issues, and monthly bills until he finds another job. In addition, I am running the 2017 L.A. Marathon with the hope of breaking the time of 3 hours and 30 minutes as I dedicate the marathon to him. (No, I will not be using any of these funds to pay for my entry or training. The money I raise will solely benefit him and his family.) This fundraising is very important as it raises awareness, but actually gets people and volunteers involved by donating to the good cause. It is important to me because Kyle is my brother, my best friend, my best man to my wedding. Anything and everything is much appreciated. Whether you donate or share to spread the word, I am thankful for you. Veterans have put their lives on the line, it's only fair that we give back as much as we can. Thank you for your thoughts and contributions. Much appreciated.


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