Leading Veterans Organizations Team Red, White and Blue, The Mission Continues and Team Rubicon, Partner to Highlight Innovative Transition Approaches

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More than 60 community-based runs will take place on April 12, to raise awareness of the innovative solutions to the challenges veterans face in their transitions to civilian life.

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By running together, " says Joe Quinn, Team RWB, "we’re building stronger, united communities of American veterans.

Team Red, White and Blue, The Mission Continues, and Team Rubicon,—three of the nation’s most innovative veteran services organizations—will partner to lead the 3rd annual “Run as One” on April 12, 2014. All across the country, thousands of veterans, military families and supporters will join together to show their support and to raise awareness of positive solutions to veteran transition. The event will serve as the celebration of a continued partnership, and will be a symbol of leadership, action, and collaboration across the veterans’ support landscape. In New York the run will take place in Central Park, starting at Grand Army Plaza beginning at 10am EST.

“This generation of veterans wants to be leaders in their communities. A common goal of our organizations, is to demonstrate civic leadership through collaboration and innovative approaches to veterans’ service,” says Joe Quinn, U.S. Army veteran and Northeast Regional Director, Team RWB, “By running together, we’re building stronger, united communities of American veterans.”

Team RWB, Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues chapters, regions, service platoons, and communities will run united in more than 60 events across the country to promote this effort.
In each location, a 3-4 mile course will be set in a local park, track or notable venue, and there will be running and walking options for participants.

“Like the veterans in our programs, the Run as One participants are sending a very positive message: veterans are committed to their communities and each other—long after they leave the military,” said Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues, “Fifty percent of veterans struggle with their transition from the military. Many veterans need to establish new connections as they transition from the military, and our organizations are creating innovative ways to connect them.”

The runs will also honor the memory of United States Marine Corps veteran Clay Hunt, who was an active athlete, veterans advocate and member of The Mission Continues and Team Rubicon organizations.

“Clay was one of my dearest friends, like a brother,” said Jake Wood, a Marine veteran and CEO of Team Rubicon. “We owe it to him, and all who serve, to ensure that our veterans are afforded a successful transition home."

To reserve your place in the New York City event visit: http://fundraise.teamrubiconusa.org/los-angeles/events/run-as-one/e30796.

About Team Red, White & Blue
Founded in 2010, Team Red, White and Blue chapters and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. They host weekly fitness activities, monthly social events, and participate in local races and events together. These programs are at the core of Team RWB’s mission. Additionally, Team RWB is leading six Veteran Athletic Camps in various sports throughout the year. The organization is also organizing The Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay this fall, where 500 team members will run a single American flag from San Francisco to Walter Reed Veterans' Medical Hospital in Maryland. For more information visit http://www.TeamRWB.org.

About The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues empowers veterans to serve their country in new ways through two innovative and action-oriented programs. The first, The Mission Continues Fellowship harnesses veterans’ strengths, skills, and their compassion and empowers them to serve in their community on a daily basis. The second, The Mission Continues Service Platoons brings teams of veterans who are working together at the local level to build stronger communities. The Mission Continues has helped more than 1600 veterans focus their talents and energy to tackle challenges facing us right here at home. Through a unique model that provides reciprocal benefit for the veteran and the local community veterans volunteer to help others and, through their service, build new skills that help them launch their civilian career. To learn more, visit: http://www.missioncontinues.org or follow us on Twitter @missioncontinue.

About Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit http://www.teamrubiconusa.org.

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