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Duluth-Based Program that Helps Veterans Could Spread Nationwide

November 07, 2017 07:50 PM

Mike Waldron's ideas of helping combat veterans transition more smoothly into civilian life could go nationwide.

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23V Recon is a program run by 23rd Veteran, which Waldron is the executive director of. The program uses physical fitness, camaraderie, and positive psychology to help veterans take negative triggers, and turn them into positive memories. 14 weeks long, it gives people a chance to retrain their brains.

Waldron took this program to Washington, D.C., and presented information about it to staffers of members of Congress on Tuesday. Congressman Rick Nolan was also there.

"I've never seen a program as good as the one Waldron has put together," Nolan said. Now Nolan said he's interested in legislation that could expand the funding for 23V nationwide. "I see the making of a good private, public partnership, that we can put together for the benefit of all combat veterans all over the nation."

Waldron said he's glad to hear of the support. "I'm extremely grateful that the Congressman wants to bring the program around the country. We built it in a way that it can be brought to other communities."

23rd Veteran is funded by the Nearly Naked Ruck March. And there's now one coming up on Veterans Day, Saturday, in Minneapolis. The goal is to expand the program down in the cities.

For more information: https://www.23rdveteran.org/index.php/events/nearly-naked-ruck-march-twin-cities/


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