On March 4, 2017, I completed a personal weightlifting challenge to attempt to lift 200 cumulative tons in 2 hours to raise awareness and funds for Fisher House Foundation.
Due to many generous donors and the support of my family, plus with the knowledge of the pain and suffering many veterans incur protecting us, I was inspired to lift 221 tons,. I hope that my efforts remind others of the sacrifices our men and women make in defense of the United States.
Here is some background on why I did this:
I am a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of '72. I served in the Army during the later years of the Vietnam War. One lesson drilled in to us constantly was never to leave another behind.
As a civilian, from 2010 to 2012, I flew to San Antonio, TX, or Washington, D.C. almost every week. I saw wounded military personnel travelling to and from military and VA hospitals. It was heartbreaking to see so many young Americans missing limbs or suffering other forms of physical or mental injury. These veterans represented every ethnic background, African-American, Asian-American, Caucasian-American, Hispanic-American, and Native-American. Included in the injured veterans were many women veterans.
Besides these younger veterans, there are still many WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veterans, who continue to receive treatment and need the help of their families.
Near my home, there are two VA hospitals with Fisher Houses. Over the years, a number of friends and acquaintances, who have worked at the VA hospitals, have spoken very highly of the excellent services the Fisher House Foundation provides, allowing families to be with their injured loved ones.
Not wanting to "leave behind" fellow Veterans and because of Fisher House Foundation's excellent record of service to veterans, I have chosen to raise funds for them.
It is far easier to train for and to try to lift 200 tons in 2 hours, then to deal with the physical and mental injuries inflicted on veterans and their families. Please donate to help our vets.