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Lift Vets Allies
$450 raised
64% of $700 goal
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Ended Oct 27, 2014

The transition to civilian life is one of the deadliest wars the US Military has ever faced. (For every 1 Vet killed in combat, 24+ take their own lives after coming home). Depression is an attack on too many of our soldiers coming back and we all have an opportunity to support Veterans from the home front.

Lift Vets is a program started by Veterans and hopes to become the first line of defense as our Veterans deal with the struggles of reintegration and they have kindly allowed us (Sean and Raphi) to join them on this journey of growing their nonprofit organization and raising awareness.

Lift Vets fills a much-needed gap for successful reintegration:

• Weekly meetings with Reintegration Specialist

• Combines physical training with mindfulness practice

• Guest trainers and motivators• Individual counseling (as needed)

• Supports Veterans working together to overcome physical and mental obstacles

As part of their program, Lift Vets has formed a team to participate in the Tough Mudder on October 26th, 2014. We have joined their team of veterans and friends and family, and are going to train our hardest to make it to the finish line in 65 days.

Tough Mudder: Why “Electroshock Therapy” will help Lift Vets:​

The 1st Lift Vets team health milestone will be to complete the grueling 12-milestone course that is the Tough Mudder. With obstacles like “Electroshock Therapy” is only one of the sadistically named and designed challenges (like “Arctic Enema” “Sewer Outlet” “Cage Crawl” “Ladder to Hell” and “Fire in Your Hole”). In order to face the physical and mental challenges presented by a Mudder, we will have to implement every bit of Lift Vets’ physical and inner-strengthening services.

In order to decrease the symptoms of PTS, anxiety and depression, first we must raise--

With our Tough Mudder training:

• Donations for Lift Vets to build the foundation of the program

• Awareness of returning Veterans and their struggles with suicide, homelessness, depression and other mental health problems

• Education of Lift Vets’ techniques for reaching Veterans early

• Hope for friends and family of Veterans who understand first-hand how this issue can affect more than the Veterans themselves

• Our own physical stamina, endurance, and mental toughness so we can complete the Tough Mudder as a team and transform that finish line into a new start for Lift Vets.

Sean: My sister Janice recently lost her (veteran) soldier Mark (Army infantry, OIF/OEF) in his battle with PTSD. She is also a veteran herself, (USCG) who found Lift Vets after Mark’s passing. I have A LOT of training to do and unhealthy habits to break if I am going to make it through day 70. But this is about reaching way more than personal goals. The Lift Vets team is counting on me and while I know they will never leave a man behind, I need to make sure I do more than keep up.

Raphi: I have personal reasons why I am dedicated to working with victims of clinical depression and trauma. It is now clear that returning Veterans are at extreme risk and need our attention now as they are reintegrated into civilian life. I’m 23 years old and have never lifted a dumbbell in my life. Knowing this, I was humbled by the Lift Vets willingness to welcome me on their team and their confidence that I can rise to this challenge.​

Consider this our boot camp. As we train as a team of Veterans, friends and family to tackle the Tough Mudder, we will also support each other to make the positive lifestyle choices.

How you can help!

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• Ask us questions! And get educated on this very prominent issue

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