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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
1539 days ago
Robert & Janis Black
$100.00
1551 days ago
James & Dorothy Sullivan
$100.00
1551 days ago
Rick Burtt
$100.00
1590 days ago
Rick Burtt
$50.00
1590 days ago
Wayne Pasanen
$100.00
1599 days ago
Aurora Grabski
$100.00
1615 days ago
Maria/Robert McDowell
$100.00
1616 days ago
Melissa Jones
$250.00
1617 days ago
Thomas Berger
$25.00
1622 days ago
John & Michele Hogan
$25.00
1622 days ago
Scott Houde
$50.00
1632 days ago
Arika Hunt
$100.00
1638 days ago
Victor Corella
$20.00
1640 days ago
Timothy Dunn
$100.00
1647 days ago
Krista Weister
$50.00
1649 days ago
Ramon Carreon
$100.00
1654 days ago
Jennifer Rosenthal
$50.00
1658 days ago
Shirley Barry
$500.00
1663 days ago
linda brubaker
$100.00
1665 days ago
Daniel Willman
$200.00
1667 days ago
Ken Ijichi
$50.00
1668 days ago
William Lebzelter
$50.00
1673 days ago
Sheila Gilet
$50.00
1675 days ago
David Wallace
$100.00
1675 days ago
Tony Simi
$50.00
1677 days ago
George Leahey
$200.00
1678 days ago
Robert Caruso
$100.00
1681 days ago
Herb & Carolyn Bennett
$50.00
1682 days ago
Joleen Fuenzalida
$50.00
1684 days ago
John Sullivan
$500.00
1684 days ago
James Shannon III
$100.00
1684 days ago
Rick and Martha Hansson
$229.00
1685 days ago
Evan Dimitriou
$50.00
1685 days ago
Don Therrien
$50.00
1685 days ago
Julie Ramstetter
$50.00
1687 days ago
Teresa Eickel
$25.00
1706 days ago
Erin and Jamey Brenner
$50.00
1751 days ago
Brian Mayard
$35.00
1752 days ago
Veera Perumaalla
$15.00
1755 days ago
James Blottman
$20.00
1755 days ago
Praveen Singh
$25.00
1755 days ago
Guy Thornton
$250.00
1762 days ago
Ricahrd Sanchez
$5.00
1767 days ago
Deborah Ringsmuth
$1,000.00
1767 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1768 days ago
ZELDA AND EUAN HANNA
$25.00
1781 days ago
Judy Sancomb
$25.00
1784 days ago
Robert Datson
$400.00
1819 days ago
Chris & Jessica Grund
$20.00
1835 days ago
Michael Jaurrieta
$15.00
1835 days ago
Shannon Lorimer
$50.00
1851 days ago
Brandon Johnson
$800.00
1858 days ago
Terry McSheehy
$100.00
1873 days ago
Cris Simon
$101.00
1885 days ago
Michael McCormick
$100.00
1886 days ago
Emily Padilla
$10.00
1887 days ago
Richard. & Priscilla Burtt
$100.00
1902 days ago
David Wilson
$100.00
1903 days ago
Paul Altimier
$100.00
1903 days ago
Jenny and Pat Carroll
$50.00
1903 days ago
Rob Lawton
$75.00
1903 days ago
Eric Pearson
$40.00
1903 days ago
Carla Coleman
$25.00
1904 days ago
Annette & Dave Abbott
$30.00
1905 days ago
Lindsey Whorton
$50.00
1906 days ago
daniel johnson
$100.00
1906 days ago
Roland Simon
$50.00
1913 days ago
Steve and Christen Johnston
$30.00
1914 days ago
Javid Campbell-Cohen
$50.00
1914 days ago
Emily Burtt
$100.00
1914 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1914 days ago
Kevin Ellson
$25.00
1914 days ago
Curtis Carney
$150.00
1914 days ago
Steph & Justin Richards
$100.00
1914 days ago
Jason Barlow
$50.00
1915 days ago
LINDA CARROLL
$25.00
1915 days ago