**Kevin Hayes's fundraising page**
6 years ago I was invited to join the Run to Home Base by a family friend.
As some of you might be aware, reintegrating into society after the military can be challenging, especially when having served in combat. It's hard to find a sense of purpose, direction and a general meaning to life, this leads to a void that spirals out of control and ends up in depression, most veterans I know go through this (I myself went through this for years). It's hard to trust people because the values in society differ from the values in the Military, another reason it becomes hard to integrate (there are a few more reasons, but I'll leave it here).
The Run to Home Base Program offers immediate assistance to veterans and families who are critically in need of support, they provide in the areas of both physical and psychological injuries sustained from combat operations. The V.A. has been known to be less than adequate in providing assistance to veterans (I feel because they're understaffed) sometimes turning veterans away who show up in need of immediate support, to the end that the veteran takes his or her life (becoming a statistic of one of the 22 veterans a day that takes their life). This is why I run, not only to help end veteran suicide, but it's also a good way to honor fallen comrades in an emotional and powerful message. That message being that we are all here for them, that we love and care about them, never give up and never give in. Veterans see this and take strength from it.
Thank you for any support you might be able to provide, I know many veterans who have benefited from this program and thank you for all that you do.
Run to Home Base helps raise money for veterans and their families who are most in need of assistance with physical and mental disabilities. This cause means everything not only to myself, but to those who deserve it most.
If you help me to raise $3,000 I will run the 9K in a 22 pound ruck.
Thank you again for your continued support.