VA Maryland Health Care System Welcomes the Resiliency Run at the Baltimore Medical Center

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First Annual Resiliency Run rolls into Baltimore on May 24 at 1 p.m. and makes a stop at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

VA Maryland Health Care System

VA Maryland Health Care System

We believe that building resiliency through physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health is a personal responsibility and we want our Veterans to live every day to their greatest potential, regardless of the obstacles.

At the center of every high performance team is a common purpose - a mission that rises above individual team members. You can see this in action when the First Annual Resiliency Run rolls into Baltimore on May 24 at 1 p.m. and makes a stop at the Baltimore VA Medical Center on the running soles of National Guard Officers, dedicated athletes who embody the warrior philosophy and who want to breakdown traditional stereotypes and prejudices that deter Veterans and service members from seeking treatment and healthy lifestyles.

Col. John “Jack” Mosher and Major Herbert “Jay” Brock, running as a team, are clocking 26.2 miles a day from start to finish in a 550 mile, 21-day trek from Maine to Virginia. The run—21 marathons in 21 days—began May 8 in Kittery, Me, and will end May 28 at the Arlington National Cemetery with stops along the way in every state at VA Medical Centers and National Guard Units.

Their purpose:

  •     To raise awareness among Service Members, their families, and Veterans about the health care services available to them.
  •     To foster the idea that Service Members and Veterans must take personal responsibility and develop self determination, building an inner fortitude that will allow them to overcome even the greatest hardships.
  •     To encourage Veterans to accept personal responsibility for their health, seek treatment for PTSD and other service-related issues.
  •     To raise the national conscience on issues of individual and family wellness programming and long-term care for Veterans.
  •     To encourage Veterans to enroll for VA health care.

“We believe that building resiliency through physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health is a personal responsibility and we want our Veterans, their families and our citizens to live every day to their greatest potential, regardless of the obstacles in their lives,” said Colonel Mosher.

At the Baltimore VA Medical Center, the runners will be at the half-way point in the next to the final leg of what has been a 21-day long marathon relay. Major Herbert “Jay” Brock, who is finishing his run at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, will, visit with Veteran inpatients while the other runner continues on his 26-mile run. Below is a schedule for the brief visit. Veterans, fans, friends, and others will be present to welcome the runners.

Schedule of Events for Monday, May 24:

1-1:15pm – arrival and ceremony
1:15 – 1:45pm – lunch
1:45 – 2:15pm – cable show interview
2:30-3pm – visiting patients

More about the Resiliency Run and the two officers: http://www.OneLifeWarrior.org or http://www.resiliencyrun.com

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The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at two medical centers, one rehabilitation & extended care center and five outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from VAHMCS annually.

Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, VAHMCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education. It costs nothing for Veterans to enroll for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System and it could be one of the more important things a Veteran can do. For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit http://www.maryland.va.gov.

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