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Time to Care: A Veteran on the Run

They sacrifice their lives for our freedom and sometimes they come home to nothing. They are our troops and one local man is running for them.

They sacrifice their lives for our freedom and sometimes they come home to nothing.  They are our troops and one local man is running for them.

His days usually start with a quick stretch and then he's off.  But for Bob VanDenbergh, the miles he's logging aren't just leisurely jogs.

"I came up with an idea that I would run.  I was going to run between Memorial Day of 2013, Memorial Day of 2014, add together my miles.  And at the same time encourage people to pledge my running, pledging a penny or two a mile and hopefully by the end of the year I would have a dollar per mile, I would run 1,000 miles and have $1,000 dollars to give to the Wounded Warrior Project," VanDenbergh says.

To date, Bob has run over 1,600 miles and raised about $8,500 from local people and businesses.  He updates supporters and gains pledges through his Facebook page.  His goal was about a dollar per mile, he's gotten up to about $4 per mile in pledges.

"And now they're getting the support they need from the community.  After they supported the community it's kind of one hand working off the other, or feeding the other," he says.

Every day Bob logs his miles.

"By day and by mile, I put in the actual route that I took, how many miles it was and year to date totals," he says.

Rain, shine, snow or ice, Bob will be running but he says he's not the hero.

"I'm just kind of the messenger.  The heroes are the one that this is for.  No, no, I am not, in any stretch of the imagination.  No," he says.

Bob's goal is to run 1,776 miles and to raise $10,000 by Memorial Day.  If you would like to pledge, please visit the Facebook page:  A Veteran "On the Run" for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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