The Warrior Battalion Ruck March is an event with a purpose coordinated by volunteer Team Leaders and committees for Warrior Battalion.
The Warrior Battalion Ruck March is a hiking event lasting anywhere from 3 to 22 hours, in an attempt to raise awareness of the 20 veterans that commit suicide every day, and to raise funds that will help provide free programs assisting military families. We carry weight during the ruck to symbolize the weight that our heroes come home from combat with and the immense challenge deployment. Participants who raise $100 or more for Warrior Battalion will receive a patch and can earn more fundraising incentives by helping Warrior Battalion.
The ultimate purpose of the Warrior Battalion Ruck March is to reduce veteran suicide and assist military families by:
• Establishing camaraderie within the teams 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.
• Training Team Leaders how to interact with suicidal veterans and the steps to assist them. Each team leader receives a three-year certificate as a peer mentor.
• Developing participants at the ruck-marches into peer mentors and ambassadors who support struggling families and/or veterans.
• Physically and mentally challenging the teams of participants and leaders to finish long miles in an effort to raise awareness about veteran suicide while building upon fitness.