The Tactical Team is a group of people from Military Veterans, First Responders to Civilian Patriots who are volunteering their time for eight days to help fill unfilled stages, as well as the driving, Live news feeds via social media, handing out waters, challenge coins, taking photos, and cheering other participants on. This is a team of people who believe in the mission, what it stands for and the military charities it supports.
Their story, in their own words.........
Heather Viveiros ~ Visionary, Event Chairperson, Proud American Patriot
Hi everyone my name is Heather, I am a Proud American Patriot and the visionary of Stride & Ride Relay. I am very passionate about honoring and remember our fallen heroes, supporting and giving thanks to our veterans, active duty military and their families. I personally carry over 100 names of Fallen Service Men and Women Killed in Action, Killed Stateside and those who took their lives due to Military PTSD and the Invisible Wounds of War. In my eyes our Military men and women became the voice and heroes for the 2,977 lives lost on 9/11 as well as for All Americans. I want to honor, remember and pay my respects to the 2,977 lives to that parishes on 9/11, our Fallen Heroes from our military to our first responders, give thanks to our veterans and show support to those still serving and the families left behind 16 years and counting. I look forward in meeting many people along the route and being with some amazing people for eight days; Uniting Together to Honor & Remember 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
Sue Ann Wood ~ Gold Star Mom
My name is Sue Ann Wood. I am the proud Gold Star Mom of USMC Lcpl Mathew Puckett who was KIA on September 13,2004 in Anbar province, Iraq. I have actually relocated to Massachusetts from California to take part in Stride and Ride. That's how much this means to me. I am humbled to be part of this epic event; to bring not only awareness and much needed funds to this years charities but also my hope is to unite our country together as Americans. We need to support, help and take care of our Veterans, First responders, Law Enforcement, as well as Active Duty Military. These men and women are the foundation of this great country our Freedom!! We must take care of those that take care of us. I need to be a part of finding a way to support and heal our soldiers who suffer from invisible wounds. End 22. My son was KIA, on foreign soil, yet so many that make it home don't really and lose their lives due to invisible wounds, and a battle that followed them home. I believe in Us, and you. God bless America🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
Lynn Patton ~ Gold Star Mom
My name is Lynn Patton, who along with my husband John, are the proud parents of SGT Matthew Scott Patton, who served five years in the Army with one in Afghanistan. On 9/11, I was on the phone with a friend whose father worked in one of the Towers and she was scared (thankfully he is alive) and Matthew simultaneously was watching everything unfold at school. I know it affected him because he read many books about 9/11. We took him to the site that would normally be a very loud and busy place on Manhattan, but not that day. It was solemnly quiet and he was transfixed. All we could hear was the machinery still clearing the site. There were still pictures of missing loved ones pinned on a wall and buildings were covered with netting to protect against further debris. Recently, one of Matthew’s friends told me he felt a calling to join the Army, I believe it part because of 9/11. I was scared because he had a significant mental health history, but he joined knowing he was going to war, so how could I not be proud. Twelve years later on May 13, 2013, we became victims of 9/11 when our world crashed after getting the news our son had killed himself, just four months before his terminal leave. I fight military suicide everyday through the Matthew Patton Foundation, but the opportunity that Heather is giving me to become part of the MA/RI portion of the tactical team is beyond an honor for me because it touches me deep within my soul. I know I will feel many different emotions during this experience, but I expect inspiration will shine through the brightest. Thank you Heather.
Charlene Drouin ~ Blue Star Mother
Hello my name is Charlene. My son Cody was only 6 when the tragedy of 911 occurred. Now 16 yrs. later I am proud to say that I am a Blue Star Mom and the 9/11 effect was a major contributing factor in my son’s joining in the U.S. Navy to be part of keeping our nation strong. He just returned December 24th from a six-month deployment on the U.S.S. WASP. I may not be in a position to be on the front lines as my son could be, but I am deeply honored to be part of the Stride and Ride Relay, as my one small way of showing my support and honor of all our men and women that have fought, lost lives and still continue to fight to keep our nation strong. Let’s continue to fight to help end 22. I am honored to be asked by Heather to be part of the Tactical Team. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!!! 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
David Fall ~ Air Force Combat Veteran, Mass Port Fire Fighter
More Information Coming Soon 🇺🇸
Dave Pierce ~ United States Marine Corps.
" I have dedicated my life to defending our FREEDOM and Honoring The Great Men and Women who have Too" 🇺🇸❤ 🇺🇸
Robert Fisher ~ Air Force Veteran, Relay Route Coordinator/Driver
Hi everyone, My name is Robert Fisher as the first time I realized that Heather was blessed to put together a run that had a direct memory of the innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks, and the military forces that were deployed to defend against the terrorists that planned the attack, and the losses we have had in both combat, as well due to the issues developed as then returned. I knew with all that, I needed to be involved, and my small part is backing those who will do the actual feet on the street. 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
Kristen Nogueira ~EMT, Proud American Patriot
Hi everyone, my name is Kristen Nogueira and I'm so very honored to be apart of the Stride and Ride Tactical Team! Although I'm not in the military, I have the utmost respect for our men and women in the military and first responders. Anyone that is willing to put their lives on the line to protect us is a hero in my book. So I will do anything I can to support and honor them. Through this journey I have been able to meet so many amazing service members, Gold Star families and have created lasting friendships. I will forever do my part to let our military, first responders, and their families know we have their backs, and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, we will forever honor and continue their legacy. I look forward to future events and to meet fellow patriots! Hope to see you along the route! All my love! ❤️💙🇺🇸
Tracy Ferrazza ~ EMT, Proud American Patriot
Why do I do, what I do? Many years ago my brother joined the service, before that my grandfather was in the service, it wasn't something I felt I was able to do. I wanted to show my support for all those who serve, risk their lives, leave their family, just for me. I am no one special, but these men and women are doing this so I can live in this great county. I needed and wanted to show them I respect them and I am here when ever they need things and or any kind of support I can give. I am an EMT and love the ability to give back to my community. My brother is a Master Sergeant in the Marines and we do not see each other much. He volunteered to have his first trip over seas and that was the hardest things I had to deal with, we talked about things no family, brother, sister, mom and dad should ever have to discuss. He ended up going back 2 more times for a total of 3 times and then came back. I want to do my part and show him and his fellow military men and women, and those who gave their lives, matter to me. I may not be able to walk their walk, but I certainly can walk a path that they can see, and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, I walk this walk so they know that their family member did not die in vain and I will not forget them. I have men I carry on my ruck pack and call on them when I feel defeated, they have never let me down and they have given me strength when I have none left. They have shown me as long as I can walk for them they will be with me. I do this so their family knows, no matter what, if I start something I am going to finish it because their family is my family now.....when I can no longer walk, I will find another way to honor them....and I pray that when I pass and meet these amazing men and women, they will smile and say I did good...... If I can get one person to see the amazing sacrifice military families go through, then I know I helped….. 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
Lance Sven ~ Founder of Run Anyway, Proud American Patriot
More Information coming soon 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸
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