PHOENIX - The Mother of All Rucks Foundation is made up of combat veterans who help other veterans who may be struggling. Earlier this month, they set out on a mission and are hoping communities across the country will help them along the way.
They make up the Mother of all Rucks Foundation and plan to ruck, or hike across the country -- rucking in the military it means to walk with backpacks filled with your gear.
The group started in San Diego on March 10th and have a very specific plan to attack the hundreds of miles as they march to Washington D.C.
"It's a little over 2,600 miles as a team. We're rucking 22 miles a day with a 22 pound ruck sack with the number 22," said MOAR's J.R. Conkright.
The number 22 is a tragic number that the Mother of all Rucks Foundation wants to do something about. It's estimated that's how many veterans commit suicide each day in this country.
"22 guys and gals coming back from serving this nation and keeping us free is unacceptable when you think about them taking their own lives because they can't get treatment and they don't know where to turn," said MOAR's Paul O'Keefe.
The non-profit foundation is reaching out to vets in trouble. They helped Manny by remodeling his Glendale home to accommodate his wheelchair.
The group stopped in Phoenix to do what they do at each stop: raise awareness about the plight of American vets and raise funds to help them.
"When you donate to our organization, 100 percent of the profits goes to veterans. We don't take a salary. We don't buy clothes, food, we don't pay our bills. All that money goes back to the foundation."
Mother of All Rucks Foundation