Every year, numerous brave women and men take an oath to serve their country through the military. The experience, unique to each individual and path, shapes the return home to further serve one's local community. Glenn Marshall, squad leader for a machine gun section of the U.S. Marines and current superintendent for Woodson Inc., is determined to continue serving his country through an exciting and vibrant mission at home: Kayaks for a Kause. The Kayaks for a Kause website reads:
"We are just three normal southern men. Like any outdoorsmen, we searched for our next adventure. Over the past year, we tossed around the idea of taking an extended kayaking trip; but due to circumstances something always interfered with our plans. Finally, we concluded this trip was NOT for our own desires, but for a greater purpose. With our purpose solidified, we set the countdown to serve - the charities and the people they represent."
"Every day in the United States, more than 22 veterans and at least one active duty member take their own life. Suicide is a very real threat in our military community, this has hit home to me over my six years in the Marines. I lost one of my very good friends who I knew from our first day at boot-camp, and as the years have gone on I have had numerous men I have served and trained with take their own life."
For Glenn, giving back is an integral part of his commitment to serving his country. The 6'2", 25 year-old marine turned male model is using his status as a prominent figure within the industry to bring awareness to such a worthy cause. "My goal is to raise a awareness and donations to counter act these threats to our service members. In doing so, I have selected a non-profit foundation that assist our brave men and women when they come home to ensure they are safe and know they are appreciated for their sacrifice."
The foundation, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, seeks to help military men and women and their families, particularly those who've lost a loved one in combat or military servicemen and women who are severely injured. The IFHF is supported by donations.
Kayaks for a Kause, the actual physical journey, will begin on May 20, 2016 in Krotz Springs, Louisiana. The team of 3, will travel through the Atchafalaya Refuge to Morgan city and onward to the Intracoastal Waterway. From there, they will make their way through Houma and then due south to Port Fourchon. Finally, the team will reach open salt water until they land on East Timbalier Island National Wildlife Refuge, estimating an end date of May 30, 2016.
While he is making a name for himself within the modeling industry in the United States, the charismatic, confident, yet humble military man firmly believes in the importance of giving back. "As United States citizens, we can no longer stand idly by as these brave men and women return from battle to experience the unforgiving pressures of the modern world without support."
To learn more about #K4AK, visit their official website here. Donations are accepted, encouraged, and much appreciated.
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