Troy University announces Student Veterans Association's Second Annual RUCK-A-THON

Posted: Tuesday, 22 October 2015

TROY - Troy University's Student Veterans Association will be hiking for a cause on Nov. 11 through its annual fundraiser, RUCK-A-THON.

The event begins at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Troy University track. All proceeds from the event will be donated to this year's philanthropy, "K-9s for Warriors."

The event will be a four hour relay-style walk-a-thon, with teams of 4-6 participants. One person must be walking the track at all times with a 20 lb. military style backpack, called a rucksack. The team that walks the most laps will win prizes, and there will be games held throughout for those who are not walking.

"The Student Veterans Association is looking forward to the 2nd Annual Ruck-A-Thon and increased participation by the students and community. This is the perfect way to help a great cause and have fun while supporting those who have served," said Erin Byers, SVA president.

K-9s for Warriors provides canines to America's warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disability, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. A tax-exempt 501(C)(3) non-profit, the organization seeks to return injured veterans to civilian life with dignity and independence.

The Student Veterans Association chose this philanthropy because, "it not only helps veterans, but it helps save shelter dogs by giving them another chance at life," she said. SVA provides military veterans with resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation.

It hosts social events and community service projects in order to provide camaraderie among student veterans as well as strengthen the bonds between veterans and the community at large.

For more information, contact the Student Veterans Association at studentveterans@troy.edu or Troy for Troops Center, 122 Trojan Center.