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
1276 days ago
Robert & Janis Black
$100.00
1288 days ago
James & Dorothy Sullivan
$100.00
1288 days ago
Rick Burtt
$100.00
1328 days ago
Rick Burtt
$50.00
1328 days ago
Wayne Pasanen
$100.00
1337 days ago
Aurora Grabski
$100.00
1352 days ago
Maria/Robert McDowell
$100.00
1353 days ago
Melissa Jones
$250.00
1354 days ago
Thomas Berger
$25.00
1359 days ago
John & Michele Hogan
$25.00
1359 days ago
Scott Houde
$50.00
1369 days ago
Arika Hunt
$100.00
1375 days ago
Victor Corella
$20.00
1378 days ago
Timothy Dunn
$100.00
1384 days ago
Krista Weister
$50.00
1386 days ago
Ramon Carreon
$100.00
1391 days ago
Jennifer Rosenthal
$50.00
1395 days ago
Shirley Barry
$500.00
1400 days ago
linda brubaker
$100.00
1402 days ago
Daniel Willman
$200.00
1404 days ago
Ken Ijichi
$50.00
1405 days ago
William Lebzelter
$50.00
1410 days ago
Sheila Gilet
$50.00
1412 days ago
David Wallace
$100.00
1412 days ago
Tony Simi
$50.00
1415 days ago
George Leahey
$200.00
1415 days ago
Robert Caruso
$100.00
1418 days ago
Herb & Carolyn Bennett
$50.00
1419 days ago
Joleen Fuenzalida
$50.00
1421 days ago
John Sullivan
$500.00
1421 days ago
James Shannon III
$100.00
1421 days ago
Rick and Martha Hansson
$229.00
1422 days ago
Evan Dimitriou
$50.00
1422 days ago
Don Therrien
$50.00
1422 days ago
Julie Ramstetter
$50.00
1424 days ago
Teresa Eickel
$25.00
1443 days ago
Erin and Jamey Brenner
$50.00
1488 days ago
Brian Mayard
$35.00
1490 days ago
Veera Perumaalla
$15.00
1492 days ago
James Blottman
$20.00
1492 days ago
Praveen Singh
$25.00
1493 days ago
Guy Thornton
$250.00
1499 days ago
Ricahrd Sanchez
$5.00
1504 days ago
Deborah Ringsmuth
$1,000.00
1505 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1506 days ago
ZELDA AND EUAN HANNA
$25.00
1518 days ago
Judy Sancomb
$25.00
1521 days ago
Robert Datson
$400.00
1556 days ago
Chris & Jessica Grund
$20.00
1573 days ago
Michael Jaurrieta
$15.00
1573 days ago
Shannon Lorimer
$50.00
1588 days ago
Brandon Johnson
$800.00
1595 days ago
Terry McSheehy
$100.00
1610 days ago
Cris Simon
$101.00
1622 days ago
Michael McCormick
$100.00
1623 days ago
Emily Padilla
$10.00
1624 days ago
Richard. & Priscilla Burtt
$100.00
1639 days ago
David Wilson
$100.00
1640 days ago
Paul Altimier
$100.00
1640 days ago
Jenny and Pat Carroll
$50.00
1640 days ago
Rob Lawton
$75.00
1640 days ago
Eric Pearson
$40.00
1641 days ago
Carla Coleman
$25.00
1641 days ago
Annette & Dave Abbott
$30.00
1642 days ago
Lindsey Whorton
$50.00
1643 days ago
daniel johnson
$100.00
1643 days ago
Roland Simon
$50.00
1650 days ago
Steve and Christen Johnston
$30.00
1651 days ago
Javid Campbell-Cohen
$50.00
1651 days ago
Emily Burtt
$100.00
1651 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1652 days ago
Kevin Ellson
$25.00
1652 days ago
Curtis Carney
$150.00
1652 days ago
Steph & Justin Richards
$100.00
1652 days ago
Jason Barlow
$50.00
1652 days ago
LINDA CARROLL
$25.00
1652 days ago