- Many of my fellow combat vets carry a heavy load of survivor's guilt. For years I avoided the families of the fallen from my Marine Corps unit. I believed they would resent me for making it home when their sons had died. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
- Gold Star Families often get a burst of support following the death of their child, but after the funeral, the discomfort of their friends and community results in these families being avoided and isolated.
- The communities across the United States want to welcome our veterans home and support their local Gold Star Families, but often don't know how.
These three groups want to connect, but often fail to do so.
The Ironman Foundation's Gold Star Initiative has the audacity to flip the table over on this trend. This year we will bring vets, Gold Star Families, and the local communities together on race day to celebrate the love that is deeper than any hurt and mend the ties that have been frayed or severed.
Friends, I can't do this alone. I'll be running the race, but I need you on my support team. You can help by donating today and sharing this with others who can also contribute to this cause. Let's join together to show our Gold Star Families that we acknowledge their sacrifice and pray for their peace.