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“Tough Ruck” Team Springs Into Action at Marathon Bombing Attacks


BOSTON – April 15 2013 | At 5:30am on Monday, twenty Soldiers lead by 1LT Steve Fiola of Fitchburg began the 26.2 mile “Tough Ruck” to honor comrades killed in Iraq and Afghanistan or lost to suicide and PTSD-related accidents after coming home.  The “Tough Ruck” , a charity march benefitting the Military Friends Foundation – a nonprofit serving Massachusetts military families and families of the fallen – followed the course of the Boston Marathon and ended on Boylston Street where the Ruckers met with Carlos Arredondo, Tough Ruck volunteer and father of LCPL Alexander Arredondo who was killed in Iraq in 2004.  Moments after Carlos greeted the Ruckers, bombs exploded nearby and Carlos and the Ruckers raced to assist the wounded.  They embody the best of our military community and are why we do what we do. For more information about how you can support the Tough Ruck mission, visit


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