THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
87 Participants in Crivitz Legion Run for Recovery
Issue Date: July 26, 2017
Crivitz American Legion Post #413 Run for Recovery on June 27 had a total of 87 people who ran and walked to help raise awareness of the effects of PTSD on America's veterans and 25 businesses responded for support. Donations to two organizations that work with veterans affected by PTSD totaled $1,450 each. Journey Together Service Dogs of Oshkosh and Moonlit Meadows Performance Horses of Denmark have a record of helping veterans adjust to civilian life after serving their country in combat zones, and the post was happy to support their work.
Crivitz VFW Post #2063 cooked brats and hamburgers for the participants and spectators while the American Legion Auxiliary staffed the water stations along the route and helped at the registration table. Pastor Derek Strening of New Life Church, Crivitz, provided the invocation. Missy Gruszynski gave advice on planning the event, as well as allowing the use of some of her supplies for the run.
Rev. Mr. Jim Seehafer, State Commander of the American Legion, welcomed everyone to the event and encouraged the community to continue to support the men and women willing to serve in the armed forces. Despite his extremely busy schedule, Seehafer viewed this event as one of utmost importance, considering the message it encourages.
The event was the idea of Natasha Hanson, previous commander of Post #413. Her plans are to continue the event in the years to come. John Deschane, a Vietnam Veteran, helped organize the village services needed and Police Chief Mike Frievalt had his team provide safety along the route. Ken Corry, a veterans outreach and program specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs, offered his time as the event photographer while also leaving free resources for veterans.
Presentations were given at the end of the run/walk by Brooke Burich and Kim Rusch of the Green Bay Vet Center, Brenda Cirricione and Halo the dog of Journey Together Service Dogs, Mandi Mincheski of Moonlit Meadows Performance Horses, and Pastor Derek Strening of New Life Church. They each had a different message on PTSD and how their organizations provide help to those affected by it, and they also provided free resources to veterans and their families.