Gene Wu is one of our original members and actually went through one of the first ever elements courses here with Court. He is also a former US Marine and a wounded warrior.
He’s organizing a free charity ruck march to raise awareness of veteran suicide with GORUCK.
Here’s his story: We were deployed to Iraq in ‘04/’05 during some of the heaviest combat action of OIF. I lost two fellow Marine brothers, one being a close friend from college, in an insurgent ambush on the banks of the Euphrates River. I lost one more to suicide here at home.
When I lost one of our own to suicide, I was deeply affected. For one of America’s heroes to come home from heavy combat and after serving their nation honorably, to feel hopeless and alone was not only tragic but also downright unacceptable. No veteran should return home to their own nation and lack the necessary support network and resources to transition into civilian life.
This is my mission and I need your help. Today’s veteran suicide rate is 22 a day. This means that a veteran takes his or her own life every 60 minutes. Together, we can bring 22 to Zero!
I am inviting everyone to join us on a free ruck around Central Park. There will be FREE food and special VIP guests like Ross Katz, Award-Winning Director of “Taking Chance” and Co-Producer of Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” to OIF Veteran and Former Congressman Patrick Murphy, who is currently the host of “Taking the Hill” on MSNBC, top NYPD brass, and veteran business owners.
Join us in accomplishing the mission of bringing 22 to 0!
Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Event Start: 6:30PM (Please arrive by 6PM for check-in)
Event End Time: 8:00PM
Post March NYPD BBQ: To be announced at event
Project Address: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York NY 10023
Register at: http://vethack.eventzilla.net
Please register by: August 26, 2014
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