Step Up Foundation
The Step Up Foundation strives to change the narrative concerning the number of veterans suicides by dramatically expanding awareness regarding the effects of blast wave injury, traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress. Through physical challenges and speaking engagements, The Step Up Foundation will raise funds to increase support of programs dedicated to the research and treatment of these injuries while honoring the sacrifice made by our veterans.
An aspiring mountaineer and following his death the world took to Chad’s workout, 1,000 box step ups with a 45 lb pack to train for such climbing expeditions which is now known as CHAD1000X. This workout has grown to be a testament of the struggles our military face with PTSD, TBI’s and blast wave injury. As Chad often said, “Uncomfortable can’t last forever”. This annual Veterans Day workout now serves as a trademarked platform for fellow Americans to honor our veterans and their invisible wounds. We stand beside them in support, we honor their struggle and will fight for their comfort as they have for us.
Step Up Foundation was born.
Unfortunately, she’s learned even the most prepared can be unprepared in the wake of suicide. Sara has seen firsthand the hardships among the special operations community specific to multiple combat deployments, high cycle times and too many friends lost leaving lasting stress on the operators and their families. While her experience is within the Navy SEAL community she fully understands that many of our veterans are struggling regardless of branch, rank or time in service. Sara is dedicated to using her voice and her story to change the narrative and the number to this veteran suicide epidemic.