It’s clear looking back through our history that we have asked a lot of our military and the men and women that serve. We as a country love our service members both active and retired and we have great appreciation for their dedication and sacrifice.
Is it possible for those that haven’t been on the front line to imagine the horrors of war? Hollywood has done an increasingly better job over the years of portraying the sights, sounds and graphic detail that they face. With embedded journalist, recorded footage special effects and first hand accounts. But after two hours the popcorn is gone , the lights come on and we can return home safely. Unfortunately for many of our soldiers who experience war and traumatic events, they can carry those images with them forever.
The 22 push up challenge has done a great job bringing awareness to a terrible fact that there is an average of 22 service members a day taking their own lives. That’s 8030 a year…
We all want to help, but what do we do? I can think of four options that we have:
1. Politically- we can put pressure on those in charge to take better care of our military.
2. Seek out family and friends that serve or have served and make sure they have what they need.
3. Raise awareness
4. Donate to a charity
All need to be done, but number four is what we are here to talk about.
Not all charities are created equal.
Endurance for Veterans was founded right here in CT by Robert Estrada in 2015. Their vision is “ To Reduce the number of veterans that take their own lives by providing the opportunity to heal and rehabilitate through physical fitness.”
There are over 40,000 American charities with military related missions. Live Fit Connecticut has chosen to endorse and work with E4V because it’s easy to see their heart for the mission. They are right here in CT (although their work doesn’t have state borders) and 100% of the money raised goes to the mission. You are not paying for someone to drive a fancy car.
The Current Mission
E4V’s 2017 project is so exciting. They are leading a study to analyze the impact that community based physical fitness has on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The study has two goals:
1. To find out if the mission of helping through physical fitness is effective
2. To provide a benchwork for a sustainable solution
They are looking for active duty or veterans that have had some kind of traumatic experience within the military to participate in the study. Those participants have to commit to workout at least 3 times a week for a total of 3 hours. Two researchers from Yale are collecting the date. This is part of a 3 tier process:
1. Gather data for the study
2. Publish study for review
3. Based on data, develop sustainable programs that can be implemented nationwide.
The Mission, Should You Accept The Challlenge
June 10, 2017 E4V is hosting their second E4V Face Off, a fitness competition supported by local CrossFit gyms. You can register a team or go and support. E4V also has a Car Show coming up on May 21st at Sonny’s Place in Somers.
E4V is also our charity partner for our Mud Run and will be there to meet runners and spectators.
If you have been wanting to find a way to further support our troops, please look further into the work they are doing.