Supporting Veterans by Walking a Mile in Their Boots
Lockheed Martin Central Florida employees come together for the third annual Ruck Sack March
On Saturday, Nov. 15, more than 100 Lockheed Martin Central Florida employees honored military men and women by teaming up to “walk a mile in their boots” for the third annual Camaraderie Foundation Ruck Sack March. For most walkers and runners, this march extended beyond one mile, as employees joined Central Florida community members to complete three-, six- and twelve-mile marches while carrying 35-pound ruck sacks.
No matter the distance, the walkers and runners at the Ruck Sack March had one common focus — supporting military men, women and their families by raising awareness and funds for the Camaraderie Foundation.
“When I march with the 35-pound sack, it helps me better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of our military men and women,” said Irene, Lockheed Martin Central Florida employee. “At the end of the march, I know I will be able to take off my ruck sack and go home to take a shower and crawl into a nice warm bed, but this is not something our soldiers can do when they are deployed. I want to support these men and women in any way I can for the sacrifices they make for our freedom.”
The Camaraderie Foundation’s mission is to provide healing for invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional and spiritual support for all branches of military service members, veterans and their families. Their services include counseling services, transition support and programs for military families and veterans.
“It’s humbling to know what our military heroes sacrifice for us while defending our precious freedoms overseas, but it’s troubling to learn about the struggles that many veterans and their families face when they return home,” said Jim Craig, Camaraderie Foundation board member and director, business integration with Lockheed Martin, Title Sponsor of the Ruck Sack March. “Helping the Camaraderie Foundation provide resources to recognize and heal invisible wounds of war are one small way for us to show our gratitude and appreciation for these brave women and men that served our country.”
Proceeds from the annual Ruck Sack March go to 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.
To learn more about the annual Ruck Sack March, visit the Camaraderie Foundation website.
December 18, 2014
- 100+ Lockheed Martin Central Florida employees teamed up to support the 2014 Ruck Sack March
- The Ruck Sack March is an annual event to raise funds for the Camaraderie Foundation
- The Camaraderie Foundation provides counseling services, transition support and programs for military families and veteran