Carry on! Fundraising gets a lift at Ruck March

Hearty souls braved the heat Saturday morning to walk in a Ruck March hosted by NextGen Veterans.

The 6-mile march at Riverside Park, which began and ended near Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary, challenged participants to donate and carry upwards of 30 pounds of nonperishable foodstuffs in ruck/backpacks.

The three-cause event raised funds for the Upward American Veterans program, which assists veterans struggling financially; raised money for the Iraq/Afghanistan ‘Words from War’ monument being sculpted to honor individuals who served in the global war on terror; and accumulated food for the Food Pantry of Indian River County, which provides food to disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed residents of Indian River County.

Photos by: Denise Ritchie
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