May is Military Appreciation Month and we all should take a moment to reflect and appreciate the sacrificed that all the brave men and women that are serving or have served our nation to defend our freedoms and to thank them for the service.
I am showing my appreciation and with Memorial Day just a few weeks away I’ also honoring all those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to our nation, by participating in the Victories for Veterans Challenge presented by DAV (Disabled American Veterans).
It is a fitness challenge that can help you make an impact just by exercising. Here’s how it works – go to VictoriesForVeterans.com and sign up for free. Next, you pick whether or not you want to run, walk or ride and set your distance and fundraising goals.
You get your own personal blog to track your journey and to share with friends. You can track your miles manually of sync up to your fitness device to track your progress automatically.
I have chosen to go 20 miles in May in the Victories for Veterans to Challenge to help raise awareness for the 20 veterans a day that die by suicide. Veterans need our help and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is on a mission to empower our nation’s heroes and helps over 1 million veterans and caregivers from all eras of service each year through its free program and services.
DAV was founded nearly 100 years ago right here in Cincinnati and I have worked at the organization’s National Headquarters in Northern Kentucky for 3.5 years. I’ve seen firsthand some of the victories DAV has created for veterans over the years and I want to create my personal victory for a veteran in my own Victories for Veteran Challenge.
I am calling all of those out there that think that twenty veterans a day is too many to join me and take the pledge. Sign up at VictoriesForVeterans.com join my team TWENTY TOO MANY and pledge to go 20 miles in May with me. Honor a veteran close to your heart or honor all veterans.
If you are unable to participate in the challenge and still want to help you can donate to DAV and help me reach my personal fundraising goal by searching for Dan Clasgens at VictoriesForVeterans.com.
I am running in honor of so many of the veterans in my life, especially those in my family that are currently serving or that have served.
Come join me and many other supporters across the nation in honoring our heroes, including Hall of Fame running back LaDanian Tomlinson, and past DAV National Commander coast guard veteran Dave Riley, who despite being a quadruple amputee is riding his trike in the event .
Be sure to follow my progress on Twitter @DanClasgens.