The second annual 100 Miles for Hope is at the midway point, meaning there is still plenty of time to engage in activities to fortify mental wellbeing, improve fitness and support The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation (V&CF).
“I am so proud of the thousands of American Legion Family members who have demonstrated their commitment to regular activities and, in turn, supporting our nation’s disabled veterans and military families with young children at home,” said American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford, who has logged 65 miles during his challenge. “However, we are only at the halfway point. I’m excited to see new participants join us, as we expand the challenge.”
Recently, The American Legion unveiled a new option — 100 Miles for Hope Riders Challenge. This event was created, thanks to a suggestion from Thomas Mowbray, a Legion Rider from Tennessee. American Legion Riders Chairman Mark Clark explains how chapters and/or individual members can participate in this video. To learn more about the Riders challenge, follow this link.
Oxford noted that the goal of this year’s challenge is to raise $300,000 for the V&CF.
“We are on pace to meet the goal, but we need everyone’s support,” he said. “There is still plenty of time to sign up and participate. For those who choose not to participate, they can still help veterans, servicemembers and their families by contributing a donation on behalf of a participant to the V&CF.”
One hundred percent of donations for 100 Miles for Hope goes right to the foundation. Since its creation almost a century ago, the V&CF has delivered over $30 million in assistance to disabled veterans and military families. The foundation funds the work of accredited American Legion service officers who provide free assistance to veterans seeking help with their earned VA benefits. It also provides Temporary Financial Assistance grants to minor children of active duty or American Legion members.
Oxford hinted at a big announcement coming soon.
“Thankfully, restrictions related to the pandemic are easing, which means more people can get out and exercise,” he said. “And with the official start of summer just ahead, there is a unique, fun challenge — call it a competition — in the works. Stay tuned. And be ready to support your department, especially throughout July!”