million hours served
Last year alone, military personnel served a cumulative 14,000,000 hours. That’s 14,000,000 hours full of sacrifice, brotherhood, laughter, tears, and scars. The unspoken part of this statistic is that 22 of these heroes commit suicide daily, and as 1 nation, WE have a duty to help them.
Service members serve for YOU. They are apolitical, don’t choose when and where to go somewhere. They simply choose to protect us when our nation faces problems.
Over the past several decades, as the percentage of the population who serve has diminished, the bond of understanding between civilian and military personnel has widened. While there are numerous organizations that assist soldiers in reintegrating back into society, we believe that there is a large need to educate the civilian side on their role in lessening this divide. The majority of Americans love to support our troops any way they can, however, exactly HOW they can do so is an issue that needs to be addressed, and that is why we founded Reviresco. As cadets who will soon be commissioned as officers, it is our responsibility to help bridge the relationship between the part of society we are leaving, and that which we will be joining.
As future officers, our vision is to raise money in order to bridge the gap between civilian and military relations by educating and empowering society to understand their role in helping provide financial, spiritual and moral support for all veterans. We chose the name Reviresco, a latin word, because it means to become renewed, and that is exactly what we want to do with the civilian role in civilian-military relations.
When we were coming up with a way in which we could help bridge this gap, we came across a Forbes article which mentioned that Houston, Texas is the number one place for veterans to retire. With my friends attending the University of Delaware, and Delaware being the “first “official state, we saw an instant connection. Delaware represents the first official entity our military protected and Houston represents where we stand now. With that in mind, our plan seemed obvious: run from Delaware to Houston in order to raise money to help further our vision.
Last summer, 6 of us ran 1700 miles from Delaware to Texas and raised $13,000 dollars that we donated to Team Red, White, and Blue and to Got Your 6.