A civilian interested in helping veterans, Julie Belzer signed on to be a Carry The Fallen Team Leader in St. Louis, Missouri in early 2014.
Belzer said she does not have any close relations to the military other than her father being a veteran, but the number of 22 a day is why she knew she had to help.
“I had no idea how high the number was, and when I found out, I had to get involved,” said Belzer.
It was a friend that put her into contact with Active Heroes, and she has hosted multiple ruck-marches since.
Belzer said being a Team Leader has given her the opportunity to give back to the men and women that serve our country.
“The more I read about what was going on, I had to try and do something,” said Belzer.
Belzer said what she saw at the ruck-marches was brotherhood,
sisterhood, compassion, and a connection that people need to be reminded of exists.
“At the events I saw them connecting and sharing stores,” said Belzer. “They would talk about those they kept in touch with because of the events.”
Belzer said while she is currently stepping down as Team Leader, she will still remain actively involved, serving as an aid to the new Team Leader in her area.
She said she will never forget the people who made an impact on her through the events with Active Heroes.
“I would have never these people that just amazed me with their emotional strength,” said Belzer. “More people need to get involved whether they are civilian or veteran.”