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Milwaukee VA Spiritual and Mental Health Resiliency Ruck March

Ruck march for mental health resiliency


Thu. May 4, 2023, 9:00 am – 11:00 am CT




To register or more information, contact Chaplain Services:

Milwaukee VA's Chaplain Services and Mental Health team are inviting Veterans, employees, Veteran service organizations, caregivers and family members to participate in a ruck march 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, at Lake Wheeler on the Milwaukee VA campus, 5000 W. National Ave. 

During the event, participants will take a backpack (provided) and walk a 2-mile prescribed route — at their own pace — through the VA campus. On the first mile, at each of five resiliency points, they will place a stone in their pack, representing things that limit our resilience.

On the second mile as they return to those same resiliency points, they will trade the stone for a resource that promotes healthy resilience skills.

At the conclusion of the walk, there will be groups from VA and VA partners available to provide additional resiliency resources to participants.

Backpacks with drawstrings will be provided, to be returned at the end of the walk. Water, fruit and granola bars also will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact Chaplain Joe Sherwin at 414-384-2000, ext. 42156, or, or Diana Manley at 414-384-2000, ext. 42160. Participants can also register the day of the event at the Lake Wheeler pavilion.