Gain the Red Edge: Run to Remember Veterans

Gain the Red Edge: Run to Remember Veterans

Remembering those who have fought for our country who are now struggling with the personal mental battle back home is a great reason to stand in the rain.

It’s also a great way to #GainTheRedEdge.

Last Saturday I joined with Phillip Redlinger and Dan Durham for the Run To Remember charity 5k to raise funds for the Cache Valley Veterans Association and Veteran Service Dogs.

The Run to Remember was in honor of Army veteran James Lewis of Smithfield who was killed by Suicide December 26, 2015. While I didn’t know James, I have known his mother Debbie Ostrander for many years.

Saturday was about remembering. And making a difference by giving just a little bit of our time.

When we give of ourself, when we serve, when we reach out to lift or comfort, we bless others and in turn bless ourself.

Though we don’t necessarily serve with the intent of being blessed, it is a natural result of sharing of our time and talents.

We feel better when we help another. Our light shines brighter when we share it.

Roy T. Bennett taught, “Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.”

There are many veterans in our communities who are struggling with the darkness. Every day we lose 22 veterans to suicide.

They need our gift of light and love.

If you are a veteran struggling with the darkness, please know you are not alone. You have battle buddies, friends and family who care and love. There is always someone willing to listen.

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255.

CHALLENGE: Take time as we honor Veteran’s Day to thank a veteran.

Welcome to Gain The Red Edge, an exciting series highlighting best practices to inspire ideas, open up doors of opportunity and windows of creativity, and help you find clarity and focus for your personal and professional passions.

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