United Wings of Liberty 5k Fun Swim, Run, Walk, Roll or Ruck
United Wings of Liberty is organizing its 2nd Annual Virtual 5k Fun Run/Walk/Roll/Swim/Ruck. The event is held between October 12th and November 20th. The overall winner receives a free 4-day/3-night stay in Orlando, Florida.
United Wings of Liberty’s mission is to connect veterans to the resources that are available and vetted in order to provide their desired treatment. KAATSU user Joe Lowrey explains, “We unite patriotic companies and non-profits that support our Veterans and empower their mind, body and spirit. Our united patriots and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us drive progress and success. If you are able to get 5 other participants to sign up, you’ll receive a full refund. Participants are asked to record, take a photo of your results, and then simply upload here. All proceeds will go towards Veterans in need of rebuilding their lives after serving our country.”
Participants can walk or run or roller skate or swim or ruck (walking with weight on your back/shoulders) the 5 km.
Randy Miller of National Defense Radio interviewed Green Beret and Purple Heart recipient Joe Lowrey and Navy SEAL and Air Force Academy graduate John Doolittle on the National Defense Show earlier this year (see video above). Doolittle has crossed the English Channel in 12 hours 24 minutes in 2004 as a charity swim for one of his fallen brothers.
Lowrey was an ice hockey goalie who graduated from Long Beach Wilson High School in Southern California. An extraordinarily fit and driven individual, Lowrey enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman during his senior year in high school as his immediate response to the 9-11 attacks. Lowrey attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia and spent six years serving in various locations until he became a Staff Sergeant and qualified for the Special Forces assessment and selection process. He completed Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning and Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he earned his green beret and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group.
Lowrey was deployed twice to Colombia and Afghanistan where he was wounded by a PKM machine gun round during an intense firefight against Taliban insurgents on July 7th 2014. A bullet pierced his Kevlar helmet, entered his skull and exited his brain on the other side. His fellow Green Berets rescued him from the firefight and were told that Joe would not live long as part of his brain was removed.
Lowrey remained in a coma for a month and then began his recovery initially at Walter Reed Hospital, and then at the Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Unit, California Casa Colina, and Centre For Neuro Skills in California. Ultimately, he was medically retired from active duty, but his injuries left him without movement on the left side of his body and limited movement on his right side.
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