Valor Healthcare and #DoYouGiveARuck? Announce Partnership, Charitable Ruck March to Raise Money for Veterans

Valor Healthcare and #DoYouGiveARuck? aim to raise $50,000 to help with affordable housing for Veterans

LAKE WORTH, Fla. August 23, 2022 #DoYouGiveARuck? and Valor 4 Veterans, the charitable fundraising arm of Valor Healthcare, announced today a jointly hosted event aimed at providing funding to build affordable housing for Veterans in St. Lucie County, Florida.

Dubbed Operation Bedrock, the event’s proceeds and all partnership efforts between #DoYouGiveARuck? and Valor Healthcare will benefit the Coalition for Attainable Homes. The partners will gather on October 1 at 10 a.m. for a 5K ruck march in Lake Worth with a goal of raising $50,000 through donations.

“Having access to affordable housing is a significant problem for the Veteran community, particularly in St. Lucie County, so we can’t think of a better focus for Operation Bedrock,” said Jimmy Jackson, Veteran and founder of #DoYouGiveARuck? “Stats show that some 13% of the U.S. adult homeless population are Veterans. Valor Healthcare, along with #DoYouGiveARuck? and the Coalition for Attainable Homes, are on a mission to change that.”

In recent years, “rucking,” or the act of walking or hiking with a weighted rucksack or backpack based on military training and maneuvers, has become a popular form of exercise. In a new and apropos twist on the age-old charitable walk, Operation Bedrock will involve participants completing a 5K course while wearing their weighted rucksacks.

As is the case with all military operations, Operation Bedrock participants will start together and finish together in a showing of solidarity. Participants will start at Lake Worth’s Bryant Park, rucking over the Lake Avenue Intracoastal Waterway Bridge to the beachside boardwalk, doubling back over the bridge and into downtown, before returning to Bryant Park.

#DoYouGiveARuck? and Valor Healthcare asks participants to fill their rucksacks with non-perishable food, hygiene supplies and non-breakable baby items that will be donated to Veterans in need after the event is completed. Those who aren’t in the area but wish to participate in Operation Bedrock can do so via a virtual 5K ruck march that should be completed in the participant’s community on October 1.

Valor Healthcare is committed to making Operation Bedrock a successful and worthy charitable event for Valor 4 Veterans and to honor the incredible work being performed by #DoYouGiveARuck and the Coalition for Attainable Homes by making a per-mile donation for each participant.

The Operation Bedrock event at Bryant Park will feature food trucks, live performances, event photography and videography, raffle items, free beer donated by Hop Life Brewing Company, and more.

“We hope that everyone can lock arms with us in our mission to end Veteran homelessness, either by joining us in Bryant Park or by participating in their own community,” said Scott Wise, M.D., MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Valor Healthcare. “Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our country’s bravest heroes.”

Valor Healthcare is the title sponsor for the event, with T-Mobile For Government a platinum sponsor, Norair Photography, Hop Life Brewing Company, and Citrus Three Marketing & Advertising as gold sponsors, and Blueforce Development and Potomac Healthcare Solutions as silver sponsors.

Anyone interested in signing up for Operation Bedrock—whether in Lake Worth or their own community—can do so at https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/FL/LakeWorth/OperationBedrock. Donations can be made directly at https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/FL/LakeWorth/OperationBedrock.

For more information on #DoYouGiveARuck?, visit DoYouGiveARuck.com. For more information about Valor Healthcare, visit ValorHealthcare.com.

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About #DoYouGiveARuck?
#DoYouGiveARuck? is a nonprofit organization created for the purpose of Veterans Serving Veterans. We strive to promote local businesses, veteran services, and to feed the homeless. We rely on local sponsors and participants of our Ruck events to raise money and supplies for local military​

About Valor 4 Veterans
Valor 4 Veterans (V4V) is Valor Healthcare’s charitable fundraising program designed to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Veterans and the local and national charities that support them. To bring awareness to this program and facilitate our fundraising efforts, we have established relationships with non-profits focused on improving the lives of our Veterans.

About Valor Healthcare
Valor Healthcare was established in 2004 and is the largest, most experienced contract provider of VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in the country, currently operating more than 50 clinics across the United States that treat over 160,000 Veterans a year. Our clinics provide a full range of medical services tailored to meet the specific healthcare needs of our VA Medical Center partners and the Veterans they serve. We specifically design our facilities to protect the security, privacy, and dignity of our patients, and our clinics utilize the latest design features to ensure our patients are treated efficiently. We were the first CBOC provider to hold The Joint Commission blanket accreditation for Ambulatory Care, meaning any CBOC we open will be accredited by The Joint Commission from day one.