Local Nonprofit CEO Will Embark on a 3,000 Cross Country To Raise Awareness for Veteran Suicide

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Beginning June 18, 2022, Kendra Simpkins, One Mile Team Member from Sarasota, FL will embark on an extraordinary journey that is truly a test of camaraderie, mental and physical toughness with a commitment to raise awareness for much needed veteran suicide prevention. As a team member in Race Across America (RAAM), Simpkins/Team One Mile (20pp) will be supporting 8 riders traveling 3,000 miles across the North American Continent from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Simpkins, is CEO of Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR), a Sarasota based nonprofit that provides holistic mental health treatments to military veterans. She is a service-disabled veteran, who struggled with her own mental health
challenges after she was discharged from the U.S. Army. As a result, she created OWR which is now the leading provider, outside of the Veterans Affairs, for mental health services for veterans and their family members. Now OWR has an opportunity to change lives, ONE MILE at a time. Operation Warrior Resolution will join Team ONE MILE, a nonprofit on a mission to help veterans, first responders, their families, and those struggling from trauma. We all come from different backgrounds, with different life stories and journeys.

Team ONE MILE combines veterans and civilians to recreate the teamwork and purpose needed to succeed and heal. By offering once in a lifetime challenge, we can reignite that spark that these individuals have deep inside them. Purpose is created by teamwork! The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM gives long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities. Fewer than 2,500 cyclists have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982. Solo winners complete the course in under 9 days, and winning teams complete the journey in less than 6 days. These modern-day heroes brave the desert, plains, and mountain weather, lead a crew and a mini-organization of support, and raise thousands of dollars for charities around the world. To follow Team One Mile’s progress in this year’s Race Across America, visit RAAM online or Team One Mile on Facebook.

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