Leslie Watts wrote -
Our team is in memory of Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins.
Sgt. Tanner Higgins was killed April 14, 2012, from wounds sustained by enemy fire, while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Higgins was a team leader assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan and had deployed once to Iraq.
Sgt. Tanner Higgins was a Ranger, one of the best at that. As a Ranger he was strong, driven and fearless. But Tanner was so much more than that to all of us who loved him. He was a friend, a brother, a son, and a husband. He had a contagious smile and a laugh that he couldn't contain. He would try to tell stories but break into a fit of giggles that prevented him from even taking a breath. He was passionate about, well, everything. He would fight to prove his point and he would pout if things weren't going his way. He would bounce back quickly and in his Texan drawl start his next sentence, "Hey man..." and explain why he had been so momentarily hurt. He loved his wife Shelby fiercely. It was as if he wanted to shelter her from all the things that could hurt her, keep her safely tucked away and preserve her beauty and innocence. He loved his Mom, Patti, and brothers, Dillon and Noah, so much that he often dismissed the thought of plans with friends to spend time with them. He was unwavering in faith. He loved the Lord and he trusted in His plan. He made the people around him strive to be better- better soldiers, better friends, better spouses, better people.
We love Tanner, and we miss him dearly, and that is why we have chosen to participate in Run Ranger Run. Here is what we will do:
A team of up to ten individuals will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February (usually 28 days). They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.
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!
Please support us in our efforts to raise money for Veterans Issues and our journey to honor Tanner, all our fallen heroes, and the Veterans who protect our great country every day! RLTW!!
How it all began:
In 2012, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran US Army Corporal Cory Smith, having deployed to combat twice, experienced having friends killed and wounded and with his own marriage failing decided to highlight the difficult journey home many soldiers have leaving the Army by undergoing a very public and very difficult journey home himself. Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days with holding his daughter Elleigh in his arms the end goal of his run.
Visit our official web site HERE.