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Nearly Naked Ruck March returns to support vet mental health

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 10:04 AM CDT
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SUPERIOR, W.I. (CBS 3 Duluth) - An event bringing Northland veterans and community members together is returning later this month.

The Nearly Naked Ruck March hosted by the 23rd Veteran is taking place at Mont du Lac Resort Saturday, May 21.

The annual march aims to raise money and awareness surrounding veterans’ mental health challenges after returning from combat.

Executive Director of 23rd Veteran Mike Waldron stopped by CBS 3 This Morning to share about the event.

Waldron served in the United States Marine Corps in 2003 and was in combat during the initial invasion of Iraq and suffered from some severe symptoms of combat stress.

“I struggled with life for about five years. After ten years after combat, I was able to pull out of that and find my way back to hope and happiness, and while doing so, I realized a lot of my friends were still facing the same issues that I was,” said Waldron.

Waldron then assembled a team of people to build a 14-week program to help veterans transition.

Money raised from the ruck will go toward sponsoring veterans attending the 14-week program.

People are encouraged to dress in patriotic clothing and carry backpacks filled with food and clothes to donate.

The backpacks resemble the bags service members carry during their training.

Check-in for the ruck starts at 11 a.m., and the march starts at noon.

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