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"I'm passionate about running, and about the veteran community," Summerlin said as he ran into McCook, Nebraska, from the west about 8 a.m., today. Jamie said, with a smile, "I've got out with my physical and, yes, arguably, my mental faculties in act. This run is my way of giving back, supporting those veterans who made greater sacrifices ... those with missing limbs and PTSD ... than I did." He continued, "I love being able to do it."
Jamie and his wife, Tiffany, are both Marine veterans. Tiffany said she and Jamie support the Wounded Warrior Project and other veterans organization because they can help fill in gaps in coverage offered by the Veterans Association. "There is a large population of veterans who could use assistance," Tiffany said, "but they don't seek the help they could benefit from. The Wounded Warrior Project can make it more socially acceptable to reach out for help."
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"Today, I'll run about 37 miles," he said, from eight miles west of McCook to Oberlin, Kansas, this afternoon.
The entire cross-country trip, from west to east, will cover about 3,300 miles.
Jamie is accompanied on the road by his wife and kids in an RV. "The kids are inside doing their schoolwork," Jamie said as he took a short break in the Wal-Mart parking lot about eight this morning.
Ten-year-old daughter Shayne and 12-year-old son Nicholas keep up with their studies by skyping into their classrooms, Jamie said.
For more information about Jamie's run go to www.runforwwp.com.
Jamie hopes to raise $500,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and other veterans organizations.
Jamie said he has partnered with Mylan Park Foundation Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization registered in the State of West Virginia, to handle all financial aspects of the run.
All donations are tax deductible and can be made on-line or mailed to: Run For WWP, c/o Mylan Park Foundation, P.O. Box 674, Dellslow, WV 26531.