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RUCK March set to raise veteran suicide awareness

By Martha B. Jacob –
The latest statistics released by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs report s that every 65 minutes in America,  a soldier or a Veteran commits suicide. That’s an estimated 22 per day which represents nearly 20% of all suicides in the United States.
Those statistics are staggering and disturbing to everyone, but one group, Active Heroes is doing something to help with the problem.
A 501c3 charity, Active Heroes has a mission to support all U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational and emotional programs in an effort to eliminate military/veteran suicides, according to Shawn Carter, team leader for Active Heroes/Carry the Fallen.
“We have organized a special Team ABA Southern Ohio (one of only five teams in Ohio) RUCK March for Saturday, Oct. 8, to be held in Mt. Orab,” Carter said. “This is actually a hiking event that will last about three hours, as we ruck march to help raise awareness about the seriousness of soldier/veteran suicide and PTSD problems  America is facing.”
The RUCK will start at Hardcore Elinte Fitness, 350 Apple Street in Mt. Orab with registration at 1 p.m. Opening ceremony will begin at 1:45 p.m. with Posting Colors and group pictures. The RUCK March will begin at 2 p.m. rain or shine.
Carter said that there were a few things participants need to know and bring to the event  including:
• A good attitude and mentality to help our soldiers and veterans;
• A RUCK sack (backpack) filled with at least 22 pounds of weight;
• 22-16 ounce bottles of water = 22 pounds;
• An American Flag for anyone who wants to carry one;
• Dress accordingly for the weather that day;
• Feel free to wear anything military or patriotic;
• Wear shoes/boots that will be comfortable during the 3 hour (6 miles) event.
Snacks and water will be provided for all who participate. To find more information on Team ABA, Southern Ohio – Carry the Fallen visit them on Facebook or text Carter at (937) 763-8166.

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