Many veterans struggle to find their place professionally, personally and spiritually when transitioning out of the military. Endurance for Veterans (E4V) was founded in 2015 by Robert Estrada, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who found solace, healing and comradery in physical fitness after leaving the service. E4V provides veterans the opportunity to improve their state of mind through physical fitness. “We believe that physical fitness is a valuable component of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan,” said Robert.
There is emerging evidence that exercise can be a valuable component of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan, and has been shown to have a positive impact on the symptoms of depression. The challenges that come with completing difficult physical activities can create bonds and provides a positive and supportive community that will help recreate a similar network of support. E4V offers a chance to reconnect to the community, build confidence, and establish a sense of pride. Whether it's providing CrossFit memberships, coach and trainer certifications or to help accomplish a life-long physical aspiration, E4V will help achieve that goal.
Below are some ways Endurance for Veterans plans on helping:
- Provide veterans a reduced membership fee to local gyms and CrossFit affiliates.
- Provide home equipment to veterans who do not have the ability to visit a local gym.
- Provide help to veterans who have a goal that will challenge them physically and mentally. Whether that goal is running a marathon, racing in a grueling endurance event, or riding a bike across the United States, E4V will help you get there.
- Help veterans pursue a career in physical fitness.
In 2016, the support for Endurance for Veterans expanded to over 130 supporting organizations throughout the United States. We are grateful for this tremendous support, but they want to improve. Learn more about Endurance for Veterans.