What is Carry The Fallen? Carry The Fallen is a ruck march event created by Active Heroes. Carry The Fallen team members raise funds and donations to support Active Heroes’ mission to reduce veteran suicide, combat veteran post-traumatic stress, and support military families. Our specific mission goals are:
1. Establishing camaraderie to cope with Post Traumatic Stress (anger, depression, loneliness, substance abuse and suicidal tendencies). Uniting veterans, families and supporters to care for each other in times of need.
2. Training Team Leaders how to interact with suicidal veterans and the steps to assist them.
3. Developing a Peer Mentor and Ambassador community of veterans, military families and civilians who support struggling families and/or veterans.
4. Building a Military Family Retreat Location that will help reduce veteran suicide with outdoor activity programs, educational programs and job partners to hire veterans and families.
I’ve never done a ruck march before. What’s involved? A lot of walking! Team members often carry weight in backpacks or rucksacks that symbolizes the burden that many veterans carry post-war or post-trauma. People who participate in the events make new friends, establish connections, get a good workout, and raise donations and awareness to support veterans!
How long is the ruck march? It varies according the planned route. Our shortest ruck marches are only 10-12 miles, while the longest march we’ve ever done was in March 2015: 139 miles from Fort Knox to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Do I have to walk the entire distance? Nope! The longer-distance ruck marches have established relay points along the paths, at which point team members can either join the march or catch a ride back to their own vehicles. NOTE: Relay transportation is not provided for all of our events. Depending on the event, you may need to arrange your own transportation during or after a march.
I heard something about earning a patch? Absolutely! While our ruck marches are open to anyone who would like to participate, team members who sign up for an event and then raise $100 or more for Active Heroes become eligible to earn their Carry The Fallen ruck march completion patches. Patches are awarded for completion of 3, 6, 12, or 22 hours marched in a single event.
Is there an age limit? Nope! A CTF ruck march is a great community and family event. All ages are welcome, and our pace is set by the slowest team member!
What should I bring with me? Start with what you would normally bring for a hiking trip. Some suggestions include: comfortable walking clothes, comfortable shoes, several pairs of socks (wool socks are better than cotton!), wet weather gear, cold weather gear (depending on the season), sunscreen, light snacks, a water container, basic first aid supplies (band-aids, triple antibiotic ointment, moleskin) and so forth. Other suggestions can be found on the Carry The Fallen Packing List!
What does the CTF 2015 calendar look like? In 2015, Carry the Fallen has already hosted ruck march events in Boston MA, Hayward WI, Johnson City TN, Winterpark FL, Northville MI, Houghton, MI, Louisville KY, West Greenwich RI, and Easton PA. See the full list of current CTF Teams on our website!
I want to participate, but there isn’t a Carry The Fallen event or team near where I live. No problem! Contact us to ask about our Carry The Fallen Team Leader Training and how to start a Carry The Fallen team in your area!
Some of my friends are asking me about Carry The Fallen. Where should I send them? You can find more information and updates on the Carry The Fallen website, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Is there a Wookie in that picture? You guys…. you guys have a Wookie?? Yes. Yes we do. And no, there’s not a link to our website for more information about our Wookie. If you want to know more, you’ll just have to sign up for an event and meet our Wookie yourself! 🙂