“A few times, I was almost that 22 a day,” said Anthony Doran, second in command Carry The Fallen Team Leader in Easton, Pennsylvania.
That’s when his friend connected him with Active Heroes and Greg Troxell. Troxell is a Carry The Fallen Team Leader of Team Tenderfoot in Pennsylvania.
He wanted to get involved after he realized the average number of veterans committing suicide a day.
Doran said he jumped on to help Active Heroes without a question for this cause.
“A cause like this brings you back down,” said Doran. “Carry The Fallen gave me the purpose I needed.”
Doran and Troxell completed their first ruck together September 2014.
He said he didn’t believe he had to be a Team Leader to be involved, but doing so gave him more responsibility; something he needed.
Doran said getting the message out there about this issue is something that drives him.
“Yeah, I can go to work every day and be productive, but the number’s still there.” Said Doran.
Doran said one of the most important things for him is the comradery at the rucks, and the sense of family Active Heroes ensues.
He wondered why his brothers weren’t going through the same thing as him; he said some people are good at hiding the struggle.
“If my story could help one person, it would be worth it,” said Doran. “I want to raise awareness of this number, it’s a 24/7 thing until we get to zero.
Doran said these events bring people together who would have otherwise never have met.
“It’s amazing to see so many selfless people, civilians who care, and do these events, and do so much, without expecting anything in return. Because they know it’s the right thing to do,” said Doran.
Doran said he is thankful to Troxell who got him involved, and respects how much time he spends on the front lines for this cause.