(September 11, 2023) Shepherd’s Men, a team of active duty, medically retired and honorably discharged servicemen and civilian patriots today returned from a 22-mile Fireman’s Carry Movement, which took place on Sept 10-11, signifying the 22 veterans who die by suicide every day, while also honoring the brave responders who ran toward the chaos on Sept. 11, 2001, and highlighting the help that is available to injured veterans.
Shepherd’s Men traveled to Connecticut and New York to pay tribute to the fallen, while drawing inspiration from the living—who have had their lives forever altered by the care they received at SHARE Military Initiative, an Atlanta-based comprehensive program that provides free clinical care to post-911 veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, along with first responders. This program serves injured veterans and first responders who travel from states all across the country to receive this life-saving care. The program has served over 750 veterans.
Shepherd’s Men joined with a broad range of organizations, cities and dignitaries in Connecticut on Sept. 10 to acknowledge our fallen heroes, honor those who have served this country and advocate for injured veterans who need support. Shepherd’s Men is also thankful to several fire houses in New York City for the opportunity to pay tribute to first responders during the last five miles of their 22-mile fireman’s carry movement today, Sept 11 during a 2 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Fireman’s Carry Movement.
“We must make it a top priority to care for our veterans who return home with visible and invisible wounds,” said Travis Ellis, Co-founder, Shepherd’s Men. “Our veterans deserve to live meaningful, gratifying lives with their families after their courageous service to our country.”