This week’s episode of Borne The Battle features Army Veteran Hallie Johnston, who shared some insight into her military career as a black hawk helicopter pilot, her transition to civilian life, and her purpose for joining and becoming a board member at Carry the Load.

Carry the Load was founded by two Navy SEAL Veterans, Steven Holley and Clint Bruce. Carry the Load is a nonprofit organization that teaches ordinary Americans about the honor and sacrifices made by our nation’s service members and first responders. Its goal is to show Americans what Memorial day is all about and why it’s important.

Carry the Load drives awareness, continuum of care and education as its three main pillars. Being a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofit organizations, Carry the Load has raised $25 million for Veterans, first responders and their families.

Each year, it hosts relays, marches and service events across the country to remember, honor and serve those who have served. For more details about participating in Carry the Load’s upcoming events, please visit the Carry the Load website.

  • West Coast- Seattle, WA April 23, 2020
  • East Coast – West Point, NY April 27, 2020
  • Mid-West-Minneapolis, MN May 1, 2020
  • Mountain States- Minot, ND May 12, 2020

*Editors Note: Due to coronavirus pandemic, this year Carry the Load will operate the 2020 National Relay and Rallies as virtual events.

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Simone Young is a podcast intern with the VA’s Digital Media Engagement Team. She is a recent graduate from Elon University with a Master of Arts in Interactive Media.

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  1. ED Wehnau March 18, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Proudly Wear My Red n Blue #CARRYTHELOAD Wrist band, after donation at Astro’s ⚾️ M.M.Park..!! Ret’rd USAF/DAV & Son of WW II US Navy 95 y/o Dad

  2. Jolly Status March 16, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    This corona virus is causing alot of damages to the world.

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