Suck it up ruck and VFW Announcement of memorial name change in honor of SGT 1st class Riley Stephens
Suck it up ruck and VFW Announcement of Memorial name change in honor of Sgt 1st class Riley Stephens
Granbury Veterans of Foreign Wars of United States honors a hometown hero by changing the name of their Granbury Post to the Riley Stephens Memorial Post
Early Saturday morning, in the parking lot of Coldwell Banker. Forty veterans and civilians gathered before taking a ruck to the VFW 7835.
What is a Ruck? We found out during the memorial day ruck. The definition of rucking is “the activity of moving with weight on your back in a rucksack (aka backpack), where action, energy, and purpose are required”.
They showed up to pay tribute to fallen heroes. The 3rd annual ruck was a total of 9.7 miles. Little did they know the surprise waiting at the end of the hike.
Plus, there has been a movement of trying to save the combat veterans right here at home.
BattleForge Nation joined up with the VFW to participate in the ruck
BattleForged is an organization that aims to stop combat veteran suicides
Why are we doing this? (BattleForge Nation).
To bring awareness. “Every 65 minutes we are losing a veteran to suicide”. “There are sights, sounds or smells that will take them back to the war years”.
Simply put, their families don’t know how to help their loved one.
“We want to help our combat veterans change the way they look at things. Care is a word that many people don’t often use, but it’s a powerful word.”
Following close behind was Tolars new ladder truck “Tower 99” and the VFW 7835 medic support truck.
The large group went past the court house square then back on to hwy 377.
With multiple stops for water and gear adjustments along the way. Support was also provided by volunteers, and passerby’s.
After three hours of hot pavement and breathing car fumes , the rucks finally made it the VFW post 7835.
They were met with a huge crowd of cheer as they came up the drive.
Immediately following, a surprise ceremony was started. The VFW post has now changed its name in memory of Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens, 39, of Tolar, Texas, who was killed in action Sept. 28, 2012 of wounds received from small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
Watch the video to honor 3 heroes lost, Riley Stephens, Michael Duskins, and Bill Brown. Bring awareness to the 22 suicides a day of veterans/active duty.