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FDL: Ruck Walk

April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am

Moraine Park Technical College’s Counselors and Student Veterans Association, Marian University’s Student Veterans Organization, and Salute the Troops, Inc are partnering together to host 2 events to raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic and to honor those who have lost their lives too soon.

On Saturday April 222017 Marian University will host a 2.2 mile ruck march/walk around their campus starting and ending at the Stayer Center parking lot located at 45 S. National Ave, Fond du Lac, WI. The event will be followed by lunch and optional tours of the Office of Veteran Services along with veteran resource providers.

Registration for this event can be done at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-suicide-awareness-movie-and-marchwalk-tickets-33093444383?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing. Otherwise onsite registration for the march/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10:00 a.m. All who show up will receive a free water bottle or small sportpack while supplies last. Note: You do not have to have a rucksack to participate.

On Friday April 212017  at 5:00 p.m. there was a showing of the documentary, Project 22 on the Moraine Park Fond du Lac Campus. Project 22 is a non-profit documentary following two veterans on a 6,500 mile motorcycle ride across the country to raise awareness of the high number of veteran suicides that occur each day. Along the way they discover holistic methods of “post traumatic growth” and meet “inspirational warriors” who have overcome extreme difficulties in their post military lives.

Both events are to help raise awareness and form a strong community around veteran suicide, and those that are participating in the march/walk are encouraged to carry a photo of a service member who has lost their life too soon. There is no charge for either event but donations are appreciated and will go to benefit Salute the Troops and the Student Veteran Organizations of MPTC and Marian University.

If you cannot attend and happen to be on the Fond du Lac campus, take a moment to see the rucksacks display on the ramp. The 21 rucksacks are  representative of the 20-22 veterans that commit suicide each day.

For more information, contact Steve Pepper, Student Veterans Specialist at MPTC at 920-924-3489 or spepper1@morainepark.edu.


April 22, 2017
10:00 am
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Lisa Manuell