Wayland, MA, July 26, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Veterans from the Commonwealth, who have been impacted by suicide, are ruck marching across Massachusetts to bring awareness to the epidemic of Veterans Suicide and the needs of Veterans.
Vet Ruck New England will be a 200-mile, nonstop, day and night, ruck march through almost 50 small towns across all of Massachusetts to raise awareness of the needs of our Veterans.
The team of nine will start at Bates Memorial State Park, in Hancock, MA at noon on August 17, 2017 and march the 200 miles, finishing at Plymouth Rock at approximately noon on August 20, 2017.
The latest report from the Veterans Administration said 20 veterans take their own life on a daily basis. The 200 miles represents 10 miles for each veteran who will take his or her own life today.
Kristen Heavens, who is currently serving in the Army Reserves, was impacted by Veteran suicide. “My grandfather, who was a Retired Navy Veteran of 20 years took his own life,” said Heavens. “I also had a family friend whom I considered my little brother take his life 5 years ago. I see the toll the loss of my grandfather takes on my mom's family every day.”
While the number has dropped from 22 per day to 20 per day in the latest VA report, one veteran taking their own life is too many. The team will be walking through the commonwealth’s communities, stopping to talk to people along the way, meeting with town leaders and local Veteran’s organizations to raise awareness of the needs of our returning Veterans.
The Warrior Thunder Foundation’s mission is to provide programs to support former, current service members, and their families in New England to improve their wellness and raise Veteran awareness in our communities.
The Warrior Thunder Foundation wishes to thank its sponsors, Cascade Design, Camelbak, Skeleton Optics, The Cabby Shack, Petzl, and Reebok.
The point of contact for information about this event is Darren Bean, President of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, (508) 244-9950.