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This Marine Is Running 3,300 Miles To Close Out Her Military Career
Marine Corps Capt. Maggie Seymour ran 161 miles in 2016 to raise awareness for her fallen sisters in arms. This year, she’s taking it to a whole new level by running 3,300 miles — from San Diego to Virginia Beach — as she transitions from active duty to the Reserve.
The 31-year-old marathoner and Iraq War veteran is not just running for the sake of exercise, however. Seymour is raising money for Team Hoyt — a charity organization that supports athletes with cerebral palsy — and she chose Virginia Beach as her destination because that’s where Team Hoyt is headquartered.
But Seymour plans on doing still more. “I’m raising money for some nonprofits,” Seymour told Task & Purpose. “I wanted to do some gifts along the route.”
Though the money she raises will primarily go to Team Hoyt, Seymour also plans to donate farming tools and supplies to midwestern communities like Alexander, Illinois, where she grew up.
Seymour started her journey July 22 and aims to finish on Oct. 28. Her route follows the famous Route 66 highway, and she hopes to cover 35 miles every day, with one rest day each week.
“Over the past 10 years I have worked closely with the veteran, Gold Star families, and special-needs athletes communities,” Seymour wrote in a blog for the veterans advocacy group The Mission Continues. “This run is for them.”
The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
Physical fitness tests were briefly suspended earlier this week and outdoor cardio testing will be curtailed for the remainder of the summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, after an airman died Saturday. She had completed her PT test on Friday.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."