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Healing Through Hiking

Hi everyone!

Update 6/1/2013: Great news! With the addition of Maj Robert Carreon, US Air Force, to the team, we've seen a huge bump in our fundraising. Because of this, we're knocking the goal up to $10,000. This is twice the current goal and FOUR TIMES the original goal of $2500. Thank you so much for your continued support! The hike is a mere 34 days away. If you want to keep up on Robert's and my progress during the hike, including out location on a map, make sure to like the Facebook page. Thanks!

 Update 11/19/2012: Due to the tremendous response I've received, I've increased my fundraising goal. Thanks to everyone for your generosity! Keep spreading the word!

To keep up on the latest on my endeavor, please Like my new Facebook page: Healing Through Hiking!

I'm new to fundraising, which is ironic since my dad spent his entire career doing it and I have some amazing friends who are really good at it, but earlier this year I committed to hiking The Colorado Trail, 500 miles from Durango to Denver. It started as a personal pursuit, but someone suggested to me that it would be a good opportunity to use it to raise funds for a cause. It suddenly seemed obvious to me that I should do so to aid a cause very personal to me: The Wounded Warrior Project.

As many of you know, I'm a Lieutenant Colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard. I have also served on Active Duty and in the Army Reserve over my 16 year (so far!) career. I have deployed twice overseas, in 1998 and in 2003, the latter being as an Engineer Company Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While on this tour, I lost a tremendous Non-Commissioned Officer, Staff Sergeant Mark Lawton, and several Soldiers were wounded in various engagements. I share these details not as self-promotion, but to provide some understanding of my motivations.

While the tireless efforts of the Veterans Administration and numerous other non-profit groups have greatly improved the physical recovery, and career and educational opportunities available to veterans, there still exists a void in addressing the psychological well-being of our Wounded Warriors.  This is where the Wounded Warrior Project comes in. Their programs seek to positively impact the unseen wounds of war on what I feel is our next Greatest Generation. I urge you to visit their site and become familiar with their work.

My trip, planned for the month of July 2013, is completely self-funded and supported logistically by some good friends and family. That means that every dollar donated here will go directly to the WWP and the veterans that need our help.

Finally, I would like to recognize the support of my wife, Kimberly, in this endeavor. She thinks I'm nuts - she's probably right - but she's behind me 100 percent and is the reason I hope to be able to take a selfish endeavor and do something good.

Thank you,
Rick Burtt

This effort is entirely that of me and my supporters. Any reference to my military rank or service is purely biographical and does not specify or imply endorsement by the Colorado Army National Guard or the United States Army.

Total Raised

$8,570.00

Funded: 85.7%
Donors
Jason Barlow
$50.00
1480 days ago
Robert & Janis Black
$100.00
1492 days ago
James & Dorothy Sullivan
$100.00
1492 days ago
Rick Burtt
$100.00
1531 days ago
Rick Burtt
$50.00
1531 days ago
Wayne Pasanen
$100.00
1540 days ago
Aurora Grabski
$100.00
1555 days ago
Maria/Robert McDowell
$100.00
1556 days ago
Melissa Jones
$250.00
1557 days ago
Thomas Berger
$25.00
1562 days ago
John & Michele Hogan
$25.00
1563 days ago
Scott Houde
$50.00
1573 days ago
Arika Hunt
$100.00
1578 days ago
Victor Corella
$20.00
1581 days ago
Timothy Dunn
$100.00
1587 days ago
Krista Weister
$50.00
1590 days ago
Ramon Carreon
$100.00
1594 days ago
Jennifer Rosenthal
$50.00
1598 days ago
Shirley Barry
$500.00
1603 days ago
linda brubaker
$100.00
1606 days ago
Daniel Willman
$200.00
1607 days ago
Ken Ijichi
$50.00
1609 days ago
William Lebzelter
$50.00
1613 days ago
Sheila Gilet
$50.00
1615 days ago
David Wallace
$100.00
1616 days ago
Tony Simi
$50.00
1618 days ago
George Leahey
$200.00
1618 days ago
Robert Caruso
$100.00
1622 days ago
Herb & Carolyn Bennett
$50.00
1623 days ago
Joleen Fuenzalida
$50.00
1624 days ago
John Sullivan
$500.00
1624 days ago
James Shannon III
$100.00
1625 days ago
Rick and Martha Hansson
$229.00
1625 days ago
Evan Dimitriou
$50.00
1626 days ago
Don Therrien
$50.00
1626 days ago
Julie Ramstetter
$50.00
1628 days ago
Teresa Eickel
$25.00
1646 days ago
Erin and Jamey Brenner
$50.00
1691 days ago
Brian Mayard
$35.00
1693 days ago
Veera Perumaalla
$15.00
1696 days ago
James Blottman
$20.00
1696 days ago
Praveen Singh
$25.00
1696 days ago
Guy Thornton
$250.00
1703 days ago
Ricahrd Sanchez
$5.00
1708 days ago
Deborah Ringsmuth
$1,000.00
1708 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1709 days ago
ZELDA AND EUAN HANNA
$25.00
1722 days ago
Judy Sancomb
$25.00
1725 days ago
Robert Datson
$400.00
1760 days ago
Chris & Jessica Grund
$20.00
1776 days ago
Michael Jaurrieta
$15.00
1776 days ago
Shannon Lorimer
$50.00
1792 days ago
Brandon Johnson
$800.00
1799 days ago
Terry McSheehy
$100.00
1814 days ago
Cris Simon
$101.00
1826 days ago
Michael McCormick
$100.00
1826 days ago
Emily Padilla
$10.00
1827 days ago
Richard. & Priscilla Burtt
$100.00
1843 days ago
David Wilson
$100.00
1843 days ago
Paul Altimier
$100.00
1843 days ago
Jenny and Pat Carroll
$50.00
1843 days ago
Rob Lawton
$75.00
1844 days ago
Eric Pearson
$40.00
1844 days ago
Carla Coleman
$25.00
1845 days ago
Annette & Dave Abbott
$30.00
1846 days ago
Lindsey Whorton
$50.00
1846 days ago
daniel johnson
$100.00
1846 days ago
Roland Simon
$50.00
1854 days ago
Steve and Christen Johnston
$30.00
1855 days ago
Javid Campbell-Cohen
$50.00
1855 days ago
Emily Burtt
$100.00
1855 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1855 days ago
Kevin Ellson
$25.00
1855 days ago
Curtis Carney
$150.00
1855 days ago
Steph & Justin Richards
$100.00
1855 days ago
Jason Barlow
$50.00
1855 days ago
LINDA CARROLL
$25.00
1855 days ago