Local veteran Brian Alvey is still leading the way for his fellow military veterans in need of help, with the fourth annual Warrior 110 road march in November.
Alvey, a retired U.S. Army combat veteran who served in the Afghan war, started The Warrior 110 nonprofit organization in 2019. He created the program to help raise awareness and funds for veterans suffering from physical and emotional ailments such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, both of which are leading contributors to veteran suicide.
The Warrior 110 has been raising awareness and funds through ruck marches (weighted walks often used in military training) that stretch for more than 100 miles, as well as 50-kilometer extreme marathons, fundraising events at local establishments like Tried & True Alehouse and The Mint in Franklin, and donations, which are accepted at thewarrior110.org.
The upcoming Warrior 110 ruck march will start on November 8 in Louisville, Kentucky, on the banks of the Ohio River, and conclude on November 12, the day after Veterans Day, at the Greenwood American Legion Post 252.
During their first ruck march in July of 2019, the team raised more than $50,000 while ruck marching 110 miles from New Albany to Franklin. This year Alvey will walk once again with his friend and fellow veteran, The Warrior 110 Vice President Darrin Tissandier, who has been a vital member of the organization.
The funds raised have been used to help veterans through various programs around the nation provided by Warriors Heart and the Brian Bill Foundation. Moving forward, the team is developing their own programs here in Indiana, which will assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury.
Alvey served in a variety of capacities in his military career. He was a drill sergeant for nearly a decade with the 151st Infantry Detachment Long Range Surveillance unit in Indiana.
“We do this for our fellow veterans, but veterans obviously don’t have a monopoly on things such as PTS,” Alvey says. “So many others are affected. We hope that our efforts will help everyone in need.”
Alvey also says many veterans struggle with depression after they come home from combat deployments.
“The transition back to their old lives can really be rough for a lot of veterans,” he says.
Alvey is a busy man these days. Besides running The Warrior 110 organization, he also runs both his business consulting firm and private investigation firm out of his offices in downtown Franklin.
Alvey says the November ruck marches have been highly successful and he intends to continue with them in the years to come.
“We were able to accomplish what we set out to do, which is to spread awareness about some important issues, and hopefully we’re able to inspire more of our fellow veterans to seek out the help they may need,” Alvey says. “They need to know that people care about them and acknowledge all of the great things they did.”
“We invite the public to walk the last day of our trek on November 12, departing at noon from The Mint in downtown Franklin to the Greenwood American Legion Post 252, where there will be a family-friendly celebration open to the public that will include drinks and a steak dinner that everyone is encouraged to attend,” he adds.
For more info on The Warrior 110 organization, visit thewarrior110.org and facebook.com/warr110r.
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