Veterans continue to battle record high levels of unemployment, under-employment, homelessness and suicide. The most recent Department of Labor Statistics from july 2015 show Global War on Terror veterans are 37% more likely to be unemployed than a person who never served. The VA reports twenty two veterans take their own lives daily, and active duty suicides have averaged one per day. These statistics break our hearts and have affected us and our Ranger family and we HAVE to do something.
This is our second year participating in RRR to support The Gallant Few - we continue to be amazed at their drive, their outreach, their knowledge and their passion for helping soldiers heal. So THANK YOU. For supporting us, for understanding us, for believing in us. We are so fortunate and grateful to be able to give back in some small way and to be part of this incredible family.
Beth - and Don...even though apparently this is a competition to see which one of us can raise more money. ;)
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.
To honor Cory’s incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – Run Ranger Run was created. Teams walk, run and/or ride bicycles for a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February to raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for stated veteran issues. Visit the official web site HERE.