John Cena raises $1 million for veterans’ charity, then personally matches him

John Cena helped raise $1 million for a veterans charity in the past month, and he personally matched the million when the million dollar goal was reached.

John Cena last month announced a partnership with FitOps, a nonprofit that works to end veteran suicide through fitness.

He also announced that he would match all donations up to $1 million and on November 11, which is Remembrance Day/Veterans Day for many countries around the world, the goal was met.

Cena shared a video on his Twitter confirming the goal was met, and he also thanked everyone who donated to the charity.

The 16-time world champion was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated where he explained how he wants to help reduce the suicide rate of veterans, which continues to rise.

He said: “The numbers are alarming and it’s a very difficult conversation. We messed up. It’s time to do things right. And there’s no perfect answer, but I’m more than willing to try.

“These are people I look up to and respect, and to hear that almost 20 veterans a day are killing themselves, it means the system is failing in some way.

“It’s not a flattering conversation, but it needs to be open so we can sort it out.”

FitOps is a program that aims to help veterans find stability in the fitness industry by getting them certified as personal trainers.

Cena added that he is no longer an active competitor in WWE, rebuilding the sense of community and purpose is something he can relate to strongly.

He said: “I can vaguely relate to my own experience away from WWE. I’m so grateful to be doing amazing things right now, but I still miss WWE and I still wonder, ‘Who am I? when I’m not active with WWE. My identity has been so closely tied to WWE for so long.

“So even though it’s apples to oranges, I can understand that feeling of brotherhood in the military. That’s why I’m so passionate about FitOps.

“It’s a way of reminding veterans that they are valuable, that they have a purpose. And they have this community. It’s really important in our battle against that number 20, to do whatever we can to bring it down.

Cena also recently donated $500,000 to first responders in California who were fighting recent wildfires in the area.

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