25 Mile March

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. Army veteran John Lame and Iowa National Guardsman Chad Madison are organizing what they hope will be an annual event to raise awareness about solider suicide. Lame says their effort is based on a program in Minnesota called The Next Objective held each October 23rd. He says the 23 stands for the 23 veterans each day last year  who committed suicide, "We couldn't go to Minnesota this year to be part of theirs, so we decided to do our own and add two more miles so it's closer to a marathon or the 25 mile field march I had to do when I was in the service." The group will march from Newton to Altoona on Saturday, collecting donations for programs addressing suicide in the military.