Supporting Veterans by Walking a Mile in their Boots


Lockheed Martin employees come together for the annual Camaraderie Foundation Ruck Sack Race.

Lockheed Martin employees honored military men and women by teaming up to “walk a mile in their boots” for the annual Camaraderie Foundation Ruck Sack Race in Lake Nona. More than 30 Lockheed Martin employees and 170 Central Florida community members competed in three-, 6 and 12-mile marches, and some racers even carried 35-pound ruck sacks.

No matter the distance, the walkers and runners at the Ruck Sack Race had one common focus — supporting military men, women and their families by raising awareness and funds for the Camaraderie Foundation. The Camaraderie Foundation’s mission is to provide healing for invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional and spiritual support.

Proceeds from the annual Ruck Sack Race benefit counseling scholarships for military families. According to the Camaraderie Foundation, psychiatrists project that one in four U.S. soldiers will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The rate for PTSD is two times higher for those men and women who served two tours, which makes up approximately 40 percent of all U.S. troops.

January 8, 2018