Veterans Outreach to Physical Fitness
Team Red, White & Blue is rooted in the belief that the best way to support veterans is by spending time with them, listening to them, and supporting them in personal and meaningful ways.
Ultimately, the aim of Team RWB's community-building program is to bring veterans together with civilian citizens in a way that enables them to establish authentic friendships.
When I left the active duty, I was lost, confused, and angry. I felt lost, because after 4.5 years, 2 tours in Iraq and stop loss for 6 months, I was left with the feeling of worthlessness. Confused, because coming back home to Orlando reminded me of Frodo and Sam coming back to the Shire.
After throwing away a scholarship and getting kicked out of college for partying too much, I enlisted in the Army in June of 2002. As soon as I arrived at my unit, we deployed to Iraq in the beginning of 2003, where I truly learned the meaning of what a Soldier was and more than anything that just because someone was not my blood they could be my brother.
A majority of Americans think runners are “crazy.” I hear it all the time. Especially distance runners. So when people ask why on earth I run, I used to say “because it relieves stress” or “I like to challenge myself” or things along those lines. But now when people ask I say, “I run for Tommy Hayes.”
I joined the Marine Corps in November of 2006 and became a Machine Gunner. I felt as if I had found my mission in life. In May of 2009, 2/8 Marines deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Khanjari. We all knew this was going to be a completely different ball game.
Christy & Debra
"Debra and I have enjoyed some fun times but our journey together has just begun. RWB is a great organization linking People/Veterans together to walk through life and make the journey easier in knowing you have a friend who understands and has been there too." - Christy