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For the fourth consecutive year, HD Supply will be the title sponsor for the of the Shepherd’s Men Run. The seven-day run is led by the Shepherd’s Men – a 20-member team of active duty, medically retired and honorably discharged servicemen; civilian patriots; and HD Supply’s Chairman and CEO Joe DeAngelo as an honorary member – to raise awareness and this year’s goal of more than $1.2 million to support the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative.
Every day from May 22 through May 28, the Shepherd’s Men will run 13.7 miles while wearing 22- pound flak vests and armor plates to symbolize and honor the deaths of the 22 U.S. veterans who commit suicide every day. The vests simulate the gear worn by U.S. military troops and provide visible acknowledgement of the physical, mental and emotional burdens many veterans experience after returning home from combat. DeAngelo will match the team mile-for-mile remotely while wearing the 22-pound flak vest, and he will join them for the final leg of the run in Atlanta.
The Shepherd’s Men and their annual run raise funds and awareness for the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. This comprehensive rehabilitation program focuses on assessment and treatment for military veterans who have sustained a mild-to-moderate Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of post-9/11 conflicts.
“We are immensely proud to honor and remember our brave military veterans who have served and defended our home,” said DeAngelo. “As one HD Supply Family, we fully support the Shepherd’s Men and their steadfast commitment to helping our veterans feel at home once again. Their courage, selflessness and dedication to duty is an inspiration to us all.”
This year, ten members of Shepherd’s Men – including HD Supply associate and United States Marine Corps veteran Lawson Brown – will visit the following cities as part of their cross-country run:
- May 22 – Chicago
- May 23 – Indianapolis
- May 24 – Louisville, Kentucky
- May 25 – Nashville, Tennessee
- May 26 – Johnson City, Tennessee
- May 27 – Athens, Georgia
- May 28 – Atlanta, as they culminate their run at Shepherd Center.
Visit www.shepherdsmen.com for more information and to make donations.