Health & Wellness

Westfield Resident, Marine Vet, to Hold Boot Camp Fundraiser for Returning Veterans

The military-style boot camp will raise funds for The Mission Continues, a group that empowers returning veterans. Credits: Patrick Tuohy

CRANFORD, NJ – Patrick Tuohy, a marine veteran, longtime Westfield resident and coach of the Westfield High School varsity lacrosse team, hopes to help veterans with a military-style boot camp fundraiser.

Tuohy trained more than 100 marines as a platoon sergeant/commander in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom between February 2003 and September 2004. This year, Tuohy was moved to give back following the funeral of a fellow Marine with whom he served.

“I felt that I needed to do something to help out fellow veterans and a fundraising boot camp just seemed like something I could get going right away,” Tuohy said.

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Participants in the boot camp will focus on bodyweight training, functional movements, challenges and teamwork, Tuohy said. Proceeds from the boot camp will be donated to The Mission Continues, an organization that empowers veterans that are adjusting to life at home by encouraging them to find purpose in their community.

“They deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve,” Tuohy said. “It's this sense of community that I feel is missing in most veteran organizations and something that is so needed for veterans.”. 

The boot camp is open to people of all fitness levels. Participants pay by donation and are encouraged to leave $20 or more.

“I hope people will realize that they can contribute to helping out veterans in small but effective ways,” Tuohy said. “The veteran community needs all the help it can get. I think connecting civilians and the veteran community needs work. I'm hoping to use this boot camp as a small way to do it.”

The boot camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 10 at X-tra Mile Fitness in Cranford.


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