Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW Post Tries 'Something Different' for Its Community

Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW Post Tries 'Something Different' for Its Community

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Members of VFW Post 1375 in Chadron, Neb., held the first-ever Grey Eagle Warrior Challenge last September. Participants included local athletes, law enforcement officers and members of Chadron State College's ROTC. They tested their toughness and strength on a rugged obstacle course in Chadron.

"We wanted to do something in the community to get young people involved," said Brandon Yetter, an organizer of the event and member of Post 1375. "The spaghetti suppers and those kinds of things were not working for us. We weren't getting the attendance we wanted. So, we decided to do something bigger and try something different."

Much like the popular, militaryinspired obstacle races Tough Mudder and Spartan Race, the Grey Eagle Warrior Challenge had its participants run a lap around a motocross track, then run to a nearby rodeo arena, where there was an obstacle course. Teams of four participants had to traverse ropes, crawl through mud and climb a wall to finish the challenge, which was a more than two miles long.

"In our feedback, we were told that we could have made the race longer and with more obstacles," said Yetter, an Iraq War veteran who serves in the Nebraska Army National Guard. "That's something we are looking into for this year."

Each team paid a $120 entry fee to participate in the challenge. Participants also received a T-shirt and a meal at the end of the race. Proceeds went toward Post scholarships for student veterans at Chadron State College and a local Honor Flight program, which honors veterans by transporting them to their respective war memorials in Washington, D. …

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