Every life has value and must be preserved, nurtured and celebrated to its greatest potential.

OneLifeWarrior advocates an unapologetic approach to living through Health Awareness and Risk Reduction in overcoming the challenges of life. It is our goal to create a living OneLifeWarrior metaphor of Resiliency and to inspire all Warriors to take the initiative in determining the course of their lives regardless of the adversity that lay before them.

OneLifeWarrior is founded as a multi-year campaign to foster Resiliency in service members, families and in America’s citizens. The OneLifeWarrior Campaign is dedicated to developing a Warrior spirit in everyone. Being a Warrior means combining physical and mental toughness with assuming responsibility for one's actions. “One Life” seeks to raise the national conscience on issues of individual and family wellness programming and long-term care for veterans. The Resiliency Run is the annual demonstration of our commitment to the ideals of the OneLifeWarrior Campaign.

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Running this Weekend?

OneLife Warriors! Its great to see so many members of our Veterans Community and their families participating in road and trail races all over the country. Whether part of a team or on your own, congratulations for getting out and demonstrating your resilience.

One of the most important aspects of being a part of running events is that you are automatically surrounded by positive, uplifting people…these characteristics are synonymous with the running crowd and you will always be welcome.

So lace up this weekend, find your local 5K running event and walk, run or roll your way to victory!

God bless you, OneLife Warriors…keep running and I’ll see you tomorrow!!

The 25K Lifetime Run

A few weeks ago my son Harrison and I ran the Pineland Trails 25K trail together as the first race of the summer series. As a 14 year old, his running ability has improved considerably through the spring track season and over the past few years that have seen him grow from a gangly sixth grader to a 6 foot distance runner. He completed his first half marathon and several 10K races last summer and I am pretty sure that this is the last season that I will be able to go stride for stride with him, given is natural attributes and work ethic.

Running with him is always an emotional experience regardless of the scale of the event, whether it’s one of our “run, walk and talk” three milers or an actual race. There is something that resonates in a father’s heart that makes it impossible to separate the little boy that once ran laughing at my side as a child and the young man that now led the 15 mile course around Bradbury Mountain. Such was the case on that Sunday morning when filtered columns of light beamed through the trees revealing the soft lines of my baby boy’s face, soon to be a grown man.

While we ran and talked throughout much of the course, during the silent periods my mind pondered the role of running in the development of children and how it incrementally marks the stages of our relationships. Indeed, the progression of crawling, walking, running, bike riding and driving all have one thing in common…each leads to their ultimate departure and entry into the world.

We as parents are trapped between emotionally opposing responsibilities to both hold our children close, while preparing them to be strong enough to leave us. We run beside them as long as we can, picking them up when they fall, only to place them their feet or on the bike to try again. Though we wish we could, all the instructions and coaching in the world cannot truly teach them to walk or run or ride a bike…they just have to know that are beside them until they learn intrinsically a sense of balance and natural propulsion; both are natural metaphors for life.

Such was the case as I watched Harrison run and think his way through the hills and dales of our first 25K together. I savored every moment as I always do, but was also astutely aware that he is very strong now and the guard has changed. This will be my last summer running with him by my choice…all future summers, he will run with his dad by his own choice. If I have done my job well as his father, he will want to run at his old dad’s pace until I can’t run anymore. This 25K run through the Maine fields and forests began when Harrison was born and I hope that it never ends.

God bless you OneLife Warriors…keep running and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Love to Iraq War Veterans

The recent events in Iraq have no doubt greatly distressed each of you given the blood, sweat and tears you have poured into that hallowed ground. The loss and sacrifice of so many weighs heavily upon the hearts of our entire veteran’s community and the families that placed all that is precious to them upon the altar of freedom. I wish to re-assure you that regardless of the outcome of this current struggle, the investment of your toil shall not be in vain, nor the light of our fallen brothers and sisters fade from relevance as truly sacred.

Let the dogs have their day and place your faith in the simple fact that an entire generation of Iraqi people (and the Afghans too) have now experienced the very new and enduring light of self determination and freedom. They have and will continue to learn that all freedom comes with suffering and sacrifice, and that it must be bought and paid for with the blood of patriots. This light, as America learned long ago, once ignited cannot be extinguished and every Iraqi that drank from this wellspring will suffer an unquenchable thirst until that freedom is again realized. This you can count on.

Have faith, my friends. You have done your job well. The seeds of patriots’ hearts are sewn and in the streets of that ancient land are the embers of future leaders who will remember your kindness and bravery as you stood strong in the face of the jackals. The children you cared for as they played in the streets and the soldiers you trained remember well your example and will rise today, tomorrow and years from now to snuff evil where it lay. Iraq will be free on its own terms and you are the catalyst to that vision. Thank you.

God bless you OneLife Warriors…keep running and I’ll see you tomorrow!!

The Maine Youth Marathon Team

OneLife Warriors! I am thrilled to let you know that students from Leavitt Area High School in Turner, Maine have made the commitment to join me at the Maine Marathon in Portland, Maine on October 5, 2014. The will begin their training as dedicated athletes this week in a modified run/walk program to bring themselves to the necessary level of fitness to conquer this challenge as a team.

The motivation to accept this challenge is to demonstrate their resilience and set a positive example for other youth of their generation. While none of them have run a marathon before, they are confident that they possess the fortitude to earn their place at the starting line through discipline and completing the training regimen.

I could not be more proud of them for their leadership. We have also made the decision to be a part of something larger than ourselves by supporting the Wear Blue: Run to Remember organization. We will Wear Blue as our running jerseys and in the true spirit of the running community, begin together, and end together, leaving no team member behind.

I will keep you informed of their training progress and invite you to come to Portland to watch these wonderful young people achieve their collective goal.

God bless you, OneLife Warriors…keep running and I’ll see you tomorrow!

The True Test of Love

When I was a child, I thought the real measure of whether or not you loved a person was that you cried when that person died. In my six-year-old mind, this was the acid test. Stalemated squabbles with my siblings would ultimately fall to this standard at the end of the argument to the tune of …”Oh yeah? Well, if I died, you would bawl your eyes out!”

As time has passed in my life, my conclusions on tears as proof of love have not changed. I find this is true with nearly all people. Perhaps even the number of tears can provide quantifiable units of just how much we loved a person. There is great hope for humanity in this theory, especially when it comes to our tears for those people we have never met. Or better yet, for our selves.

If we can cry for those who we have not met, but knew of the great things that they had done in their lives, or for the tragic loss of a child, then I have faith for the universal love of people and the goodness they represent. And if we can cry for ourselves at times, then again, my heart is lifted in the hope that we can look upon our own hearts with kindness and compassion.

On Monday, I will attend the funeral of a soldier who passed away due to natural, but untimely causes. He leaves a family with a wife and young children, and I will sit there in my uniform, stoically, professionally, and cry for him. I cry for the loss of all soldiers and for their families because I love them.

I will cry for you too, OneLife Warriors.

I hope that when I die someday, someone will cry for me also.

God bless you, OneLife Warriors…keep running and I’ll see you tomorrow.