ATLANTA, GA — HD Supply is proud to announce its title sponsorship of the “Shepherd’s Men” run. The Shepherd’s Men is a 13-member team of servicemen and one civilian, who will run from New York City to Atlanta to raise awareness and funds for the Shepherd Center’s SHARE Armed Initiative. The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
“We are extremely grateful for the men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom every day,” said, Joe DeAngelo, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, HD Supply. “We are honored to support the Shepherd’s Men’s rigorous efforts to take care of our returning warriors.”
To raise awareness and funds for the program, the Shepherd’s Men will run 911 miles in eight days. The run starts on April 19 at the 9/11 Memorial inNew York City and ends on April 26 at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Each member of the team will run the equivalent of a half-marathon (13 miles) each day, while wearing 22-pound flak vests and armor plates. The vests simulate the gear worn by U.S. Military troops and symbolize the difficulties many experience after returning from combat.
“We will carry 22 extra pounds in the vests to bring attention to the 22 deaths by suicide of U.S. veterans every day,” said Travis Ellis, civilian organizer of the run. “Through this run, we are sharing the burden our veterans carry every day as they try to rebuild their lives.”
The Shepherd’s Men goal is to raise $250,000; of which, 100 percent of the proceeds will be used for the SHARE Military Initiative. Please visit shepherdsmen.com for more information.
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