The fourth annual Lake County Ruck March won’t look like it has in the past, but efforts to honor veterans lost to suicide remain strong.
Instead of gathering on one day to walk together, participants will cover 22 kilometers each in a span of 22 days as part of the new virtual event, Ruck Up 2020, hosted by Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation. Along with the distance and time frame, the number 22 represents the number of vets who take their lives each day.
When Marla Rivera thinks about that number, she thinks about her fiancé, Juan Mendez, a combat veteran who spent 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“I know that Juan has dealt with those demons that some of our veterans have dealt with, and I know there was a time this could have been him,” she said. MORE