A Marine sergeant set off on a 3,600-mile, cross-country run Sunday to raise funds to support veterans and wounded warriors.
24-year-old Brendan O'Toole made plans to head from Oceanside, California and run 15 miles a day, five days a week for the next eight months with the goal of raising $2 million for veterans and their families. All money raised goes to one of three organizations that provide mental, physical, and social well-being programs for veterans and their families: Give an Hour, Team Red White and blue, and The USO.
O'Toole is an Alexandria native and graduate of T.C. Williams High School who served in Afghanistan and in Haiti. The run will pass through D.C. and 21 states before finishing in Portland, Maine.
To make a donation or to learn more about O'Toole's run, visit www.therunforveterans.org.