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Upcoming Events


Suicide Prevention Training with our partners from the VA Medical Center (Location TBD)


Poker Run & Crawfish Boil


LAR Reunion Veteran Retreat


Chasing Freedom 5k

On December 2nd, 2023, the Tuscaloosa community came together for the Chasing Freedom 5K to raise awareness to America’s veteran mental health crisis. The event marked the launch of the Hunter Whitley Butterfly Initiative, which will continue to grow and support the families of veterans dealing with mental health challenges. The role families play as advocates and primary support systems during a veteran’s transition to civilian life can never be understated, and this initiative drives that support even further by looking to provide the resources, education, and community for our families and veterans going through these battles. The weight of mental health can be overwhelming for families, who are courageous enough to step forward to equip themselves with the necessary tools to aid their loved ones. The impact the Global War on Terror has had on the family unit is far-reaching, touching countless households across the nation. 

Understanding that it is not just a veteran’s battle, but a journey that families must navigate together, The Hunter Whitley Butterfly Initiative is here to assist these families and provide them with the necessary resources and support they need to not only respond effectively to mental health needs but to also strengthen the very foundation of our communities. This event honored the sacrifices of our veterans and ensured that no family faces these challenges alone. Hunter was honored by his family and loved ones during this event and his legacy will forever continue on through this initiative. We want to give a massive thanks to everyone who joined, showing that there’s always someone ready to listen and support. We also send a special gratitude to all our sponsors and donors who made the event and the initiative possible, exemplifying the spirit of the Alabama community. Thanks to the Tuscaloosa Fire Department, WVUA, and the City of Tuscaloosa for their support. To our sponsors and donors, thank you for helping make this a reality. A special shoutout to our speakers Mayor Walt Maddox, Commissioner Kent Davis, and Lori Ergerter. Thank you for your leadership and friendship.