Military Member of the Month October 2018
“For years, I wanted to help make a positive impact among fellow Veterans and in our community. I’ve seen and heard of Veterans in need; some with physical/mental combat wounds, others that are homeless, some are both. I’m concerned how commercialized Veterans Day and even Memorial Day have become. It’s not about a sale. It’s about our Service Members,” George W Fuller, Sergeant First Class, United States Army.
Our High Caliber Military Member of the Month is George Fuller. He has had a vast military career that has spanned over 2 decades. From Chaplain’s Assistant to Military Police; from Iraq to D.C., George has definitely left an impact but possibly one of his most significant is what he has done for Veterans outside of the military.
Like many other Veterans we feature, George found himself wanting to give back to his brothers, sisters and his community. He had encountered many Veterans with issues in his community, and he wanted to make a difference; a real difference.
With this in mind, George decided to put action behind his words. As a Veteran and Drill Sergeant, George knows what the military and supporting communities can accomplish together. So, he came up with an event that brings the local community together to focus on giving back to Veterans, especially those in need, called Ruck ‘N’ Run!
You can choose to ruck or run their 5.56K or 7.62K route. Each route has stations where Drill Sergeants “knifehand” and motivate as you complete a set of exercises. They also have team options for competitors wanting to participate in a group. George said, “Many compete in honor of a Service Member. It’s truly amazing and humbling to see our two, six-foot walls full of Service Members’ names. It’s all about honoring those who served!”
The 4th Annual Ruck ‘N’ Run will be hosted on Saturday, Nov 10 in Republic, Missouri. If you are in the area or know of others nearby, please help spread the word about this awesome event made to benefit Veterans.
If you can’t make it on November 10 for the event, they also offer a shadow event. You choose the route and the day. After you complete the course, you’ll be mailed a shirt and finisher’s medal.
To check out their recap video and get more details about this event, go to RuckNRun.com.
A little more back story on George and his military history: he enlisted in the U.S. Army in May, 1998. He began his career in Field Artillery until he transferred from Active Duty to the Army Reserves as a Chaplain’s Assistant. He deployed to Kuwait in 2005. In 2006, he graduated with his BA in Intercultural Studies and began graduate school thereafter. In 2008, George went on his second deployment; this time to Mosul, Iraq where he served with the Military Transition Teams.
George earned his Drill Sergeant badge and hat in 2014 and completed his trail time at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He still serves today as a Military Police (MP). He is stationed in Washington, D.C. where he serves as the Wounded Warrior Army Liaison for Service Members returning to the United States for battle injuries and non-battle injuries/illnesses. In 2015, George began the Ruck ‘N’ Run boot camp inspired walk/run that honors Veterans and connects the community. Through past events the even has raised and donated $10,500 and 4,459lbs of food to Veteran organizations!
Thank you to George for being our recognized Military Member of the Month and thank you for continuing to give back to Veterans and your community!