On September 18, 2021, The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation will host two unique events on Long Island to create awareness for Veteran Suicide Prevention.
Leading fellow Marines, Veterans, and friends, Chad Lennon, a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, will hike 22 miles carrying 22 pounds to represent the 22 Veterans who die by suicide each day. Lennon is asking Americans to join him in person or online virtually in memory of our service members who die every day from suicide.
In addition to the walk, Long Island runners will join in unity by running a 5K at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton, NY. Starting and finishing from the park entrance at 5789 Middle Country Road, the run will engage a new and unique audience to bring additional awareness to this important cause.
Walk4Valor and Run4Life events are sponsored by the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation with support from Major Charles J. Sanders, NYARNG, Commander for Southold American Legion Post 803. Both fundraisers will support the education of military children and Veterans. It is the foundation’s commitment to bring hope to living Veterans and their families.
Net proceeds will support the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation Scholarship Fund for children of military families and military spouses. Last year, over $12,000 in tuition assistance was awarded to qualified applicants.
Walkers are asked to join Chad Lennon at 8:00 am at American Legion Post 803 in Southold, New York, and runners are asked to check-in at the entrance of Veterans Memorial Park at 7:30 am for a scheduled race start at 9:00 am.
Foundation Founder and President, Peter Fertig, believes “Americans can join in unity to create and spread awareness about Veteran suicide prevention.”The foundation’s ongoing mission is to acknowledge and support the sacrifices made by service members, Veterans, and their families. As a part of this commitment, the foundation is proud to provide financial support for education in addition to building greater awareness for important Veteran causes.
Peter Fertig founded The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award with the support of the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller, the San Diego Padres, and the family of Jerry Coleman.
Visit www.actofvaloraward.org to learn more about the foundation