On Saturday, March 18, 43 local ruckers from Wichita, Kansas came together to support Active Heroes and help raise awareness to end veteran suicide. Active Heroes’ Carry The Fallen, is a ruck march in which teams carry weight that symbolizes the burden that many veterans carry post-war or post-trauma.
Some participants hiked the full 15 miles for six hours and the others supported as best they could. It’s not always about completing the entire ruck, but more so the awareness each and every participate brings to the overall event.
Matt Charboneau, the team leader for Wichita’s Carry The Fallen began his journey with Active Heroes two years ago during an event in his town. Since then, he has become a team leader, hosted two ruck marches, held two social events and plans on continuing his time to host more walks and events in the future.
“I continue to learn the more [events] that I do. The knowledge I get will help make it better time after time,” said Charboneau. “Attendees that day were already asking about the next event, so that makes it exciting.”
This event helped raise approximately $4,000 for Active Heroes, but most importantly it raised awareness to help end veteran suicide.
If you would like to become a team leader in your city, learn more about it here. Or maybe you’d just like to participate in the next local event near you. Either way, Active Heroes has something for everyone. Help end veteran suicide, because one veteran suicide is one too many.