Janell Conner’s passion for being a Carry The Fallen Team Leader stems out of the friendship she had with the late Major Justin Fitch.
Conner said she first saw Fitch on television telling his story; a personal fight against veteran suicide, and how Active Heroes helped him.
“Right about the same time, my husband was diagnosed with anxiety and PTSD,” said Conner.
She said that is when she sought out Active Heroes.
“There wasn’t any (teams) in Maryland. So we made the Mighty Mud Ducks,” said Conner. “I have a reconstructed leg from an accident when I was a teenager, so I walk a little (mud duck) slower than most, and get tired quicker. But I keep going! (mighty),” said Conner.
A personal battle for her and the family, she said her husband had been through rough times, but Active Heroes and Fitch helped them along the way.
“My husband went through dark times. Justin helped me get through, and kept me strong so I could be strong for him and my family. His emails helped me so much,” said Conner. “This is also why I love Active Heroes so much. They help when others are not sure where to go, or how to even go forward.”
Conner said her team’s next ruck march is in Chesapeake, Maryland on March 12, 2016 is in memory of Timothy Llewellyn. He lost his battle to PTSD one year ago on April 10.
“His family is a part of my team and he was also a classmate of mine,” said Conner.
Conner said bringing Carry The Fallen events to her area is a way to reach the veterans in her community.
“Veterans are everywhere. They are teachers, firemen, police, and stay at home moms,” said Conner.
Conner said she is looking forward to growing her team, and meeting more of the Active Heroes family. As a Team Leader, she said if people in her area need to chat, a hug, or even someone to bounce ideas off of, they’re always welcome.
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