WE'RE BACK!! We are once again working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and we are sending a team from RUCK UP to tackle the miles involved in the Overnight! In the last 9 years, RUCK UP has helped to raise a QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS in AFSP's fight against suicide; and for us, it's personal. Many of us on the Team have lost military Brothers & Sisters, family, and friends to the spectre of Suicide- and to us- EVEN 1 A DAY IS TOO MANY.
AFSP has set a bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by the year 2025, and We at RUCK UP are proud to be part of that mission.
RUCK UP is a proud partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [AFSP], and has been for more than 9 years now. We live and breathe the belief that losing EVEN 1 LIFE TO SUICIDE IS TOO MANY!! Our Team members are Veterans, family members, and our dearest children who have been impacted by suicide and loss of our Veterans. Our Team comes from all throughout the US- as American as the Veterans we serve.
AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Too many people at risk for suicide do not seek help- especially Veterans. We need to find better ways to reach those who suffer, and encourage schools, workplaces, and communities to make mental health a priority. And the VA alone is NOT the answer. And RUCK UP has answered that call - to date being the most involved and outspoken of any Veteran's Organization to do so; fielding Teams to Walk, and raising more than $250,000 dollars in the fight against Suicide. As a Veteran's organization, we know too well the number 22. 22 that’s how many veterans take their own lives each day, according to the VA. Multiply that number by the simple days in a year, 365, and the total is OVER 8000. And many sources have agreed, the VA's quoted number does NOT include all active services losses, or Veterans lost to substance, that the VA doesn't consider suicidal. That number is unreal- and terrifying. That number is also GREATER in one year than the combined losses from all branches of the military combined since 9/11.
Each team member is required to fundraise to participate in The Overnight- PLEASE HELP OUR TEAM GET TO BOSTON THIS YEAR!! To donate online, please choose a team member who has not reached $1,000 by clicking “Roster” above and then clicking on their name. Once on their fundraising page you can click the “Donate” button. Your donations will help support our team in the fight against suicide. You can only donate to an individual on the team, but every donation to one of our team members counts toward our team’s overall fundraising goal. All donations are tax deductible.
Interested in joining our team? You can join by clicking the “Join Our Team” button above.