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October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm SST
My name is John Ring, I am 40 years old and reside in Richmond Hill, Georgia.
I currently serve in the Georgia Army National Guard as Infantryman with Delta Company 2-121 until my ETS date October 7, 2019. I graduated OSUT in 2013 at Ft. Benning, Georgia. I also serve as the Chairman for the DPG Veterans and Military Families Caucus for the state of Georgia.
I am about to embark on an amazing journey to help raise money for my fellow veterans suffering from addictions, PTSD, and homelessness. On October 1, 2019 at 8:00am, I will depart from the Tybee Island Pier in Georgia and walk across the United States of America for approximately 80 days to the Santa Monica Pier in California for a total of 2,462 miles. During this time, I will use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram) to gain supporters and grow awareness across the country. The walk is called, “Buddy Watch Walk – Pier to Pier”.
“Buddy Watch, Inc., is a non-profit organization in Midway, Georgia founded by Jo Coleman. It is located a few miles from Ft. Stewart, Georgia (3rd Infantry Division HQ). Ms. Coleman has been working hard to grow awareness and gain support to help Veterans in our area. As of now “Buddy Watch” has purchased property and has begun to break ground for a health clinic. “Buddy Watch” currently helps Veterans suffering from mental health issues, PTSD plus MST. Plans are to begin a tiny home project to help homeless Veterans. “Buddy Watch” has hosted fundraising events to help sustain the costs of this project getting some support. We want even more support.
I have traveled throughout the State of Georgia and have spoken to Veterans about the issues and challenges we deal with from day to day. As a Veteran myself, I understand that each one of my Brothers and Sisters are different, and so are their needs. My fellow Veterans, our Heroes, in many cases gave much more of themselves than they or you will ever realize. I have suffered from my own addiction issues, so I understand the challenges they face and the strength it takes to overcome addiction. Our Veterans suffer. Their families also suffer.
We are including our Gold Star Families. They have not received a pay increase since 1993! A Gold Star Family is the family of a Service member killed in the of duty: Killed in Action or died from injuries or illnesses from their military service. Family includes the spouse, child, parent, or brother and sister.
This is not a political issue. This is an issue of doing what is right. We need to come together and find the solutions, so our Veterans and their families are given the respect they deserve for the sacrifices they’ve made. This is why I walk.
Any and all support throughout my and our journey would be greatly appreciated.