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Don and Amy Gartlan

Why I am compelled to support Race For a Solider…

My wife Amy is running in The Race For a Solider and told me about the purpose behind the race.  I read about Kyle and the work Leslie and others are doing.  You can’t talk to Leslie and not be motivated by her spirit and work to honor her son by helping others. My dad served in the military for 23 years and I grew up as an Air Force brat.  I know what it means to say bye to your dad knowing you’re not going to see him for a year. I know the unbelievable excitement when he comes back.  I have no idea what it’s like when they don’t come home, or when they do make it back and can’t shake the things they’ve been through.  None of us can begin to imagine what that’s like, but we can do our part to make sure that EVERYTHING possible is being done because in many cases they have given EVERYTHING.