In an effort to honor her colleagues in Afghanistan and to ease the financial burdens of military Families, a local Soldier is raising funds for Active Heroes.
Maj. Wendy Woodall, Martin Army Community Hospital’s chief of hospital education, will run the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in Nashville, Tenn., April 28 and hopes to raise $1,000 for the organization.
Active Heroes’ mission, according to its website, is to strengthen military Families and assist veterans and active duty by providing financial assistance and job placement. They do this by helping with financial issues such as mortgage, car payments, electricity bills, water bills or deposits, special assistance to military children, travel assistance for military Families, job referral services for unemployed veterans, and providing business attire for unemployed veterans as they search for a job. Applicants can maintain their wish list by adding needed items like bedding or other supplies. Active Heroes will not provide funds directly to individuals. The organization pays the bills or orders of necessary supplies directly. For more information about Active Heroes, visit www.activehereos.org.
This isn’t the first race the major has run for Active Heroes. She completed the Red Nose Half Marathon in Columbus, to raise money for the campaign.
“A little chilly, a little rainy, but an overall good run on the Columbus Riverwalk,” Woodall said.
Active Heroes is a good way to support Soldiers and their Families, she said.
“I was born and raised an ‘Army brat’ and now I’ve been serving on active duty in the Army Nurse Corps for thirteen years. I know military life is sometimes rough, and a Soldier cannot perform at his or her very best if there are challenges at home,” she said. “This is just a small way that I can help out my fellow Soldiers.”
Active Heroes’ founder, Troy Yocum, recognized Woodall for raising the most funds in December 2011.
“It’s Soldiers like Wendy, the ones out there with their boots firmly on the ground, that inspire, lead and work so hard to help others, Yocum said. “This is a grassroots movement — one in which Soldiers help Soldiers.”To date, Active Heroes has raised more than $210,000 to aid service members and their Families.
“Military life is not easy and when additional stressors arise it can be too much for a family to handle,” said Woodall. “By donating, one can help ease the heartache for a military Family. So please help out — any amount will be so greatly appreciated!”
To donate, visit Woodall’s website at www.wendy.stayclassy.org.