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Steps Toward Achieving Greatness: Masked Veteran Running Across Iowa

Posted on June 18 2018

If you read April's STAG post, you already know Greatness Apparel is taking steps toward achieving greatness.  

We do this by being a constant motivational outlet from which inspiration and greatness originate.

This is our purpose to the core; to be a visual launchpad on which greatness ignites and soars.

And we want you to be our next rocket.

Masked Veteran Running Across Iowa 

A great example of this is Joshua Jorgensen, an Iraqi war veteran who served in the 101st Airborne. Jorgensen took it upon himself to raise funds and awareness for the side effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disease which affects countless veterans. 

Every day, 20 veterans are lost due to suicide. This is mainly caused by the side effects of PTSD and untreated depression.  

masked veteran wearing running across iowa shirt
Image source: The Masked Veteran

In September 2017, Jorgensen set out on his path towards greatness by running an astonishing 320 miles across the entire state of Iowa. All funds raised from the run went to Team Fidelis, a non-profit focused on building awareness, hope, and camaraderie for veterans dealing with PTSD. 

To make it even more amazing, Jorgenson wore a military issued gas mask throughout his entire trek. The gas mask was symbolic of the stifling struggle that veterans with PTSD experience. Oh, and did I mention that he had open-heart surgery just half-a-year before the run? 

Jorgensen started his run in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and just ten days later, made it all the way to the banks of the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa. 

See the dramatic conclusion to his epic run here.

When a Shirt is More Than a Shirt

Greatness Apparel was fortunate enough to team up with Jorgensen and his heroic effort. Not only did we clothe him and his team in insanely comfortable and breathable tees, we also helped spread awareness of his mission and pledged to donate $5 from every Masked Veteran shirt sold back to Team Fidelis.

masked veteran running across iowa pitstop
Greatness Apparel stopped by a pitstop for the Masked Veteran in Danville, IA. 

Start your Path Towards Greatness  

Jorgensen took literal steps toward achieving greatness, but there is no right or wrong way for you to do it. 

If you or someone you know has a message, cause, team, or event that they want to spread to the world, please contact us today and we'll get started on something great together.  

To learn more about the Masked Veteran and to see what he is up to today, check out the Masked Veteran on Facebook.

Finally, don’t forget to support veterans struggling with PTSD and untreated depression by grabbing a Masked Veteran Running Across Iowa tee today! 



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