To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Joe Shearer, a Marine who served in Iraq during 2005 with 3/25 Kilo Company, part of the battalion you may recognize by our grim distinction of taking more casualties than any Marine unit since the Vietnam War. For myself, and those whom I served with, we will never forget the impact that this war has had on our lives as individuals, but also what a chaotic time it has been for our country as a whole. This same country that we loved so much as to put our very lives in danger to preserve it.
Many people have conflicting opinions on this war, and it has increasingly become less and less popular among the American people. Despite what anyone believes about this war, there are those like myself who were willing to answer the call to defend our country as our leaders saw fit, and that in and of itself is an honorable thing. No one can argue the fact that war is a terrible and horrific occurrence, and the evidence of that truth has left scars on our entire nation.
This past fall, myself and several other Marines and Navy Corpsman, thought up an idea to help those that stood up on our nations behalf and who have come home with injuries and scars that will be with them forever, but also to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country by laying down their lives.
We are putting on an event of quite ambitious proportions, to raise money and awareness on behalf of an organization called the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The WWP is a non-profit that has stood out in their dedication to servicemen and women coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries incurred during their service. They exist to “honor and empower wounded warriors” through providing various services and programs to those veterans, that they may overcome the limitations imposed on them by their injuries, and continue to live a fruitful life, with the respect and honor they deserve.
Our idea to help the WWP is this… a running event over Memorial Day weekend, beginning in Richmond, VA and ending in Washington, DC… which is a distance of over 100 miles. Three Marines; myself of Columbus, OH, Sgt. Nathan Huffman of Richmond, VA and Sgt. Kyle Ferkett of Pittsburgh, PA are going to attempt to cover the entire distance together in a single day, while other Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen complete various portions of the route as a relay.
Right now we are trying to get the word out to as many people as possible, so we can get our wounded the support they need, and to give our fallen a tribute like no other. We cannot do this alone and desperately need the support of our local communities, politicians, and media outlets.
The ways you can support us in our journey are nearly limitless… write an article, do a story, a news piece, tell your friends, extend our network, join us on Facebook, join our page on the WWP website, donate, ask your friends to donate, run with us, greet us in Washington, send us off from Richmond, donate materials or money to our logistical needs, post fliers, contact us, contact your Senators, your Congressmen, your Governor, your boss at work… anything you can think of even if its joining our Facebook group, it is a great help to us.
Thank you for your time, and please use the information below!
LCpl. Joseph Shearer
Facebook Group: “Memorial Day 100”