Retired Deansboro vet pledges to run over 1,700 miles to raise money for fellow vets
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:08:33 GMT —
Bob VanDenbergh of Deansboro is lacing up his sneakers, pledging to pound the pavement for a good cause.
"I knew several folks who did go. Many did not come back. Literally, I stopped counting at 50," says VanDenbergh.
VanDenbergh served in the army from 1969 to 1972 and has been wanting to give back to veterans ever since.
"When I saw so many men from Vietnam were homeless. Our country isn't standing up for them when they stood up for us," says VanDenbergh.
With the help of his wife, Mary Beth, he figured out how. At 67-Years-Old, he pledged to run a thousand miles in a year, from one Memorial Day to the next. The original goal was to raise $1 per mile and donate $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, but he's already surpassed that goal, raising five times that amount in half the time.
"Bob's pledges reach across the country. We actually have a pledge from a young girl, a friend of our daughters, that lives in England that has also pledged Bob," says his wife, Mary Beth VanDenbergh.
He pushes through the pain, rain, snow or anything else that stands in his way by remembering who he's running for.
"I'm proud to be doing this. I'm proud of what it's for. I'm giving back to my brothers," says VanDenbergh.
Putting one foot in front of the other
to say thank you.