Saturday, September 11, 2021
This Ruck March is to help raise awareness, of the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day. In one year, we have lost more veterans to suicide than we have lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. The number of soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen coming home with TBIs, PTSD, etc. is too much for these men and women.
Post 9545 Member Ryan Brazel Championed this cause in 2020 along with Past Commander John Forsythe for the Inaugural Walk. The success was tremendous with the initial March raising $15,000.00 for Project Headstrong. All donations received at the Inaugural March went to Headstrong, and Post 9545 sponsored the event and covered all expenses. Ryan is again leading this Walk in 2021, and hopes to raise $20,000.00 this year.
The Headstrong Project (Getheadstrong.org) is a non for profit organization getting these veterans mental health at no cost to the Veteran or their family.
The Headstrong Project is recognized by the VA (Veterans Affairs) which means all notes and diagnoses made by the mental health professionals are transferred to the VA towards the Veteran’s benefits. This in turn relieves the pressure on the VA who is overwhelmed, understaffed, and underfunded.
Our goal this year is to surpass the $15,000 we raised last year and raise $20,000.00 for this great cause.
WHAT IS A RUCK MARCH: A ruck march is a military term summed up as a walk with a backpack.
DO I HAVE TO RUCK/HOW HEAVY SHOULD MY RUCK BE: We ask that you do what is best for you. If you choose to Ruck, carry what you know you’ll be able to carry safely.
If you choose to just walk with us, please walk what you can. No distance is too small. If you wish to just come to the Commons to support, you can walk around the beautiful New Lenox Commons. Whatever you decide to do, PLEASE do not overload yourself to where you may get injured.
The march shall take place, rain or shine, at the New Lenox IL commons. The route will go along Old Plank Road Trail, which is a walk, run, bike path. Please be respectful to others on the path.
A signup sheet will be available for you to sign in.
Refreshment stations shall be posted along the designated path.
PARKING is in the works.
After the ruck, all are welcomed back to the Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545 at:
323 Old Hickory Rd New Lenox Il 60451
No fee to participate.
If you decide that you would like to just donate to help our cause, you can do so as listed below.
MAKE ALL CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS PAYABLE TO VFW POST 9545 with a memo of Warriors Walk.
If you wish to pay online, please use the QR code towards the VFW PayPal account with a memo of Warrior walk and your name.
Disclaimer: ALL FUNDS RAISED shall be donated to the Headstrong Project by Post 9545. No expenses will come out of raised funds. NL VFW Post 9545 is the sole sponsor of this Ruck March and would like to thank all businesses that donate goods, or services. This includes The Village of New Lenox, New Lenox Police Department, New Lenox Fire District, and New Lenox Emergency Services.
Download our signup sheet and pledge sheet below.
Visit our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/vfwpost9545
0900 Mayor Balderman and VFW Post Commander speech
0911 moment of silence
0915 20-mile marchers step off
0930 10- mile and below marchers step off
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!