6 men run across Ga. for wounded soldiers, military families


News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, March 31, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Six guys, one mission.

"Some of these wounded soldiers that are coming back with one arm or one leg ... I think our time probably means a lot more," said Benning to Gordon Relay runner Ray Miller.

These men gave four days of their time, running about 270 miles across Georgia from Fort Benning in Millen to Fort Gordon here in Augusta.

They decided to band together for a good cause.

"We came up with a relay and I said, 'Well, if we're going to do a relay, let's find something to do it for,'" Miller said.

They raised money for the Wounded Warriors and The Fisher House. Both programs help injured soldiers or those with medical needs and their families.

"This is an honor for me to be here today to actually receive on the behalf of the Warrior Transition battalion and those wounded soldiers that definitely has served their country diligently," said Maj. Lincoln Williams, the Warrior Transition battalion executive officer.

"We're going to probably donate about $1,750 to The Fisher House and right now about $1,750 to the Wounded Warriors," Miller said.

That's more than $3,000 for both military support groups, which the runners say made every drop of sweat worth it.

"We were uncomfortable for three or four days, but those young men and young women are going to be uncomfortable really for the rest of their lives," Miller said. "And it's all because they were doing things to protect our freedoms.

An effort the military community values.

"The fact that they took it upon themselves to do this and they didn't have to says a lot about how our local community citizens really rally behind the soldiers and their families," said Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, Commanding General at Fort Gordon.

"They're across the water fighting for our freedoms," said Sgt. Maj. Ryan Pflieger, commander at Fort Gordon. "So, anything we can give to them to assist in their getting back to be productive citizens, we're all for it."

Several miles traveled, and four days later ... mission completed.


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