17 Reasons to Support us in 2017

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Army Sergeant First Class Gary Pearson

Army Sergeant First Class Gary Pearson joined the military in 1999 because he wanted to serve the country he loved, and because his family has a long, proud history of military service. He was medically discharged in 2016.

Throughout his 17 years of military service and three deployments that equaled nearly three years of combat time, Sergeant First Class Pearson suffered severe psychological wounds. During his second tour in Iraq his PTSD became so severe that he had to take a hiatus from the Army.

Army Private First Class John Etterlee

U.S. Army Private First Class John Etterlee joined the military two weeks after the September 11th terrorist attacks because he wanted to serve and defend his country. He served for nearly 15 years before being honorably discharged in 2015.

Throughout his more than decade of service, which included tours in Iraq, Private First Class Etterlee suffered many injuries, most notably a spinal injury that worsened while he was in combat and caused him to be transported by medevac.

Marine Corps Corporal Daniel Lathers

Marine Corps Corporal Daniel Lathers joined the military out of Lansing, Michigan in 2005 because he felt it was his obligation as a citizen to help his country during a time of war. He served for more than eight years until being honorably discharged.

Corporal Lathers sustained physical and psychological injuries during his near decade of service. His major injuries occurred from attacks on his platoon’s outpost near Ramadi in Iraq, including vehicle borne explosions, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.

Army Staff Sergeant Jay Piper

Army Staff Sergeant Jay Piper always dreamed of joining the military to follow in the footsteps of his father, who served in the Air Force for 20 years. But it wasn’t until he married his wife and had two children when he decided to enlist.

Staff Sergeant Piper broke both his heels and severely injured his shoulders and knees when he landed on a concrete runway while performing a jump in October of 2013. Years later, he suffers from severe arthritis in both ankles, as well as severe plantar fasciitis. The resulting injuries have brought about major depression and chronic pain.

Army Sergeant Alan Allison

Army Sergeant Alan Allison joined the military out of Charlotte, North Carolina in 2007 because he wanted to serve his country, provide for his family and receive an education. He served until he was honorably discharged in 2015.

Throughout his eight years of service, including multiple tours in Iraq, Sergeant Allison sustained many physical and psychological injuries. In one incident while jumping from a Humvee, he hurt his back, neck, left shoulder and left ankle. His years in combat also left him with severe PTSD.

Alan's Journey 2017

My goal is to run across America, beginning in May, and to use this journey to raise more than $50,000 for the Building Homes For Heroes organization. It is my way of trying to show appreciation and gratitude for those who so bravely, and unselfishly, serve our country, like USMC Sergeant Kirstie Ennis, shown above. Please join me in making a contribution to this organization that gifts homes, mortgage free, to disabled veterans. Thank you for your generosity and support!

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