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Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Rucks

Team Savannah for Veterans often hosts their Awareness rucks. We have traveled many miles and carried many pounds in their rucksacks. These rucks vary in distance, location, and other minor details. The one thing that does not change, is the purpose of these rucks. The main idea behind these rucks is to gain the attention of the local community to ask what we are doing. When we have these questions posed, we always tell them the reason for what we do. First off, we do these rucks to educate our members and others about Post Traumatic Stress. The weight of the ruck represents the weight that is on a veteran's shoulders from issues with Post Traumatic Stress. Items such as survivor's guilt, night tremors, alcoholism, and many other factors can really affect a veteran's body. The second 

reason we do this is to show veterans in the local area that there is

 someone here for them. With this education of team and community members, we can give those individuals the idea of what to look for in a potentially struggling veteran. Being known in the community, we can provide immediate assistance for those that need help. These rucks can also provide the means for veterans to come out, get some exercise, and make new and like-minded connections.

These ruck marches are not specific to just team members. If you are interested in joining us for a ruck, reach out to us with any questions you may have or fill out the online Membership Form to hear more about our ruck marches. We work towards conducting a ruck march once a quarter, so if you can't make one, check back for the next one. We welcome anybody and everybody to join us. You are not required to have any particular weight in your ruck. We do ask that you bring water and other nourishment that you may need along the way. Some rucks, we will have a safety vehicle following the ruckers. If you cannot finish the ruck, that is no problem. We can take you the rest of the way in the safety vehicle. If we don't have a safety vehicle, we try to have someone on standby that can pick up personnel. Prior to the ruck, we will inform everyone if there will be a safety vehicle or a one on standby.

We also combine our Scavenger Race in with our Awareness Rucks. This race is event is where teams come together to race around the city to find check points that are related to military history, veteran owned businesses, or similar. We relate this to awareness rucks because the teamwork that it takes to get the job done. In previous years, the winning teams were not always the "strongest" appearing teams. It was the teams that came together and came up with a methodical approach and communicated effectively. They utilized the side-quests to their advantage. At the end of the day, we come together, and laugh about the event and enjoy the company of each other. Stand-by for the next Scavenger Race! 

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