A ruck march involves walking at a fast clip with a weighted backpack or ruck. In the Armed Forces, participants carry at least 45 pounds in their rucks.
For this event, we are asking participants to carry at least 22 pounds or 22 items.
On average, 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States.
By carrying at least 22 pounds of food or 22 personal items, we show our support for our veterans.
If we all carry the burden, no one has to do it alone.
To date we have donated nearly $8,000 and thousands of pounds of food, clothing and household items to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154.
This year's proceeds will be paid directly to the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center for providing mental health resources to Veterans.
Clothing of all types & sizes (men’s, ladies, children’s, baby’s)
Shoes (all kinds)
Tools (all kinds)
Jewelry and cosmetics
Non-perishable food items
Who We Are
The Ruck 22 March is held by the Royal Oak Veterans Events Committee each year on the Saturday before Veterans Day. The Committee consists of citizen volunteers dedicated to memorializing our fallen soldiers and honoring our veterans. The Ruck 22 March is our way to raise awareness of the issue of Veteran Suicide.