College students run for veterans

Fundraiser helps bridge civilian-military divide

By Ashley Spicer - Reporter, anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - University of Delaware's Army ROTC program cadets finished their 15 of 22 days running 15-20 miles every day.

Day 15 took them here through Jacksonville.

The 22 days of running represents the amount of American veterans that commit suicide daily.
Starting June 3rd, cadets are running 1,400 miles in 22 days from Ground Zero, NYC to Miami Beach, FL.

This is the third annual Reviresco Run, the organization's largest fundraising campaign, meant to bridge the civilian-military divide.

The Vice President of Reviresco, Alex Chiodo explained, "Going from this tight knit community to the melting pot of the United States they don't have that structured group of people to support them... I encourage everybody engage with the average veteran share a moment with them because it could change their life."

What started as just a run to help veterans is now a non-profit organization that focuses on engaging, educating and empowering civilians to go beyond saying "thank you for your service."
Reviresco has adopted a two-pronged approach to achieve their goals. First, they run from city to city to personally bring their message to communities in order to raise awareness about veteran lives in America.
Second, they host educational events in high schools and university classrooms to teach students how to make veterans feel appreciated by allowing them to tell their story of service and sacrifice.

"If you have a problem, you're supposed to suck it up and tough it out, not share with others what's going, on so a conversation can change that," said Chiodo.

After completing an average of 80 miles as a team, the Reviresco Runners spend most nights on the school bus the company converted into an RV.

After talking with hundreds of veterans, the group of future officers understands that just one caring conversation can significantly impact a veteran's life.

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