It happened Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Breckenridge Lane in East Louisville.
Jeremy Sneed says “veterans especially are the people that deserve our appreciation and deserve our support, so those are the people we need to be helping first and foremost, they’re the ones that put their lives on the line for us.
Sneed didn’t take on the challenge Saturday by running in the Active Heroes 4th fest 5K run and walk, but his organization provides free programs for veterans in an effort to prevent them from committing suicides.
Sneed says, “we have free programs for military members and their families, here locally in Louisville we have a community center, a retreat center and a cross fit gym in New Albany as well and we have programs all across the country from runs like this, walks, workout, anything to help veterans get out of the house and get active.”
Colleen Madden finished the race first. She says the race isn’t all about running and winning the race.
Madden says “we celebrate our independence and the greatness of our country and events like this that bring people together I think is a really good way to celebrate it.
The event was extra special for some veterans at the event who have worked among some of the veterans that have committed suicide.
Ann Crosby is an Army Reserve Veteran. She says ” I do understand the importance of suicide awareness and the importance of reaching out to your battle buddy and having assistance when you need.”
Ryan Hartlage says he loves to run and says raising awareness on veteran suicides will require more than just hitting the pavement.
Hartlage says “it would just be awesome to have the funds to support these guys who are coming back, that way they can have mentors and build friendships and relationships with other folks to encourage them to fight through their battles and their struggles
Bergmeister says “There are people out here that want to help you, there are people that want to support you, all you got to do is reach out and find them and I’m one of them.
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