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August 26, 2009

Running For The Wounded

There's a race underway this week called the TransRockies Run. Participants scramble over 113 miles of rough terrain in high altitude. One of the runners is Iraq war veteran Matt Cavanaugh. Matt is running for the joy of the race, but also to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Matt is at the race with Tom Cocchiarella. Tom is a Vietnam-era vet.  The two men didn't know each other well, but when Matt was deployed, Tom wrote faithfully and they soon became friends. The two shared many things, including feelings of guilt for surviving war when others did not.

Tom and Matt talk with Dick Gordon about the joy of running and how veterans from different generations can support one another.

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