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From NYC to Atlanta: Shepherd’s Men Run to Help Reduce Veteran Suicides

Event supports comprehensive care for brain injury and
post-traumatic stress at SHARE Military Initiative

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PTSD?src=hash" target="_blank"gt;#PTSDlt;/agt;–Imagine running a half-marathon every day for a week wearing a 22-pound
flak jacket. That’s exactly what Shepherd’s
Men
, a 12-member team of servicemen and civilians, will do to
support Shepherd
Center’s
SHARE
Military Initiative
(SHARE).

Shepherd’s Men’s mission is to raise awareness for treatment options for
veterans suffering from mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI)
and post-traumatic stress (PTS) – and to prevent suicides.

On May 19, the group, along with New York Fire Department members, will
climb the 80 stories of Three World Trade Center. Then, it’s on to a
series of half-marathons through seven cities – finishing in Atlanta on
Memorial Day, May 27.

“We run 22 kilometers each day wearing 22-pound flak jackets to
symbolize the number of U.S. veterans who die from suicide each day,”
explained Shepherd’s Men co-founder, Travis Ellis. “We want these vets
to know they’re not alone, and they have support every step of the way.”

Shepherd’s Men aims to raise $1.2 million to cover a year of clinical
expenses for SHARE, a nationally acclaimed program that has treated
nearly 700 clients with no suicides – and at no cost to veterans.

Shepherd’s Men Run Schedule:

May 19 – New York City
May 21 – Groton, Conn.
May
22 – New York City

May 23 – Washington, D.C.
May
24 – Johnson City, Tenn.

May 25 – Nashville, Tenn.
May
26/27 – Athens, Ga.

May 27 – Atlanta, Ga.

What is SHARE?

The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive
rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for
active duty or separated service members who have served in the U.S.
military since September 11, 2001 and who are experiencing symptoms of
or have a diagnosis of mild to moderate brain injury, or concussions and
any co-occurring psychological or behavioral health concerns, including
post-traumatic stress. Its unique approach is credited with the
program’s exceptional success rate.

“There are very few places that specialize in traumatic brain injury
with the expertise we have at SHARE,” said SHARE Medical Director Dr.
Russell Gore
. “We are laser focused on individualized treatment. Our
therapeutic teams help veterans set and achieve personal goals that
provide a new sense of purpose. It’s immersive and it works.”

When clients graduate, they get continued help from a life coach who
works with them for up to two years.

Corporate Support

As title sponsor of Shepherd’s Men for the fifth year, HD Supply
(NASDAQ:HDS) recently made a $50,000 donation to SHARE.

About Shepherd’s Men

For the sixth year, Shepherd’s Men will run to raise awareness and funds
for SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center. Private funding makes
SHARE’s life-saving program available to post-9/11 veterans. Donations
can be made at shepherdsmen.org.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, is a private, not-for-profit
hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation
for people with spinal cord or brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine
and chronic pain and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975,
Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among
the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Patients come from
around the globe to Shepherd Center for its innovative brand of
neurorehabilitation. For more information, visit shepherd.org.

Contacts

Andrew Agan, Cookerly Public Relations
[email protected]
O:
404.816.2037

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