An outpouring of support was present this weekend at the England Air-park, a former Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana, for the 3rd annual Freedom Festival.  Family, friends, concerned citizens, advocates, active duty military members and fellow veterans were among the group who joined together in support of Central Louisiana veterans.  The event included a 1 mile fun run/walk, a 5k run and a ‘welcome home’ ceremony. The ceremony was designed to recognize outstanding veteran support organizations and honor select veterans, but more importantly to provide veterans and family members an insight into what resources are available to them through the VA and other local veteran organizations.  Local sponsors provided free activities for children and food for all participants and their family members.  In years past the event has supported the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Homefront; this year all proceeds were given to Team RWB, who is demonstrating Central Louisiana’s outstanding support to our military men and women. (more…)

Team Rubicon and Team RWB are joining forces to harness the power of veterans and support successful military to civilian transition. Run as One on May 18th.

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I got out of the Air Force (active duty) in September 2010. Things didn’t go exactly according to plan. My husband had a difficult time finding work, money was tight, and I was miserable. I became so lazy and ate everything in sight. I bottomed out at 230 pounds. One night in September 2011, I rolled over in bed, and I was out of breath. I decided then that I needed control of my life. I made a game plan, stuck to it, and lost 90 pounds in six months. I know that sounds unbelievable, but it’s chronicled on Facebook. It happened quickly because I was determined to gain control of myself. I didn’t use any fad diets or pills. Diet and exercise did it. After losing about thirty pounds, I started running- very slowly. I have always been patriotic so I decided to find a veterans run to participate in. I found Team RWB’s race in the Woodlands and decided I was going to do it. I didn’t care how long it took , I was going to “run” the entire thing. I can’t remember my exact time, but I want to say it was around 46 minutes. I did not walk, though! When I neared the finish line, there were people “wearing the eagle” that were screaming my number and cheering me on. I decided then that I was a runner. I wish I could cross a finish line every day! (more…)