Operation Awakening (OPA) II was born from the success of the original Operation Awakening (2012). After the ride I took a break from fund raising and focused on my life and career. But during this time I always thought, “I think I have another one in me”. Unfortunately, timing never seemed right. Also during this tine, I had many supporters send me messages of motivation asking, “when you gonna do it again”.
Well I guess its time…
On June 25th 2016 OPA II “The Long Patrol”, will commence operation. Our goal this time is to raise $100,000 for The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (501c3). 100% of all proceeds will go directly to the Semper Fi Fund. Some may think the $100,000 target might be lofty, but I raised $55,000 in 9 months. This time we’re doubling the amount and doubling the time frame to raise it.
June 2017, the event portion of Operation Awakening II will commence. I will step off at the US (WA) and Canada border and walk through the entire Pacific Crest Trail to the US (CA) and Mexico border (2,600 miles). The entire trek will take me approximately 4 months. At the end of the hike I will end all operations at Camp Pendleton CA home of The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and 1st Marine Division. Estimated time of arrival 11/10/2017.
November 10 2017 has a significance to our beloved Marine Corps. It is the birth date of the US Marine Corps. I am hoping for a good turn out once I cross the final PHASE LINE (SEMPER FI) in Camp Pendleton, home of 1st Marine Division. So if you are in the San Diego area on November 10th, 2017, please help me celebrate our wounded, their families and the United States Marine Corps.