Vail Veterans Program Hosts Charity Workout in Honor of Brother Who Died by Suicide

The Vail Veterans Program and CrossTraining Fitness of Vail will be hosting “Bubba’s Memorial Workout” on May 22. A GoFundMe has been created in honor of Christopher “Bubba” Rush, with funds supporting the Vail Veterans Program.
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On May 22, Vail’s Veterans Program will honor the life and service of Christopher “Bubba” Rush with a partner workout at CrossTraining Fitness of Vail.

A GoFundMe account has been created for training, “Bubba’s Memorial Workout,” to support the Vail Veterans Programwhich provides injured service members and their families with innovative and transformational programs that build confidence and improve lives.

“The workout was designed to highlight Chris’ years of service (also the highest daily suicide rate among veterans), date of death, number of deployments and date of birth,” the site says. GoFundMe. “It will be a partnership training to emphasize the fact that we need each other in difficult times and that we cannot go it alone. The workout is written below and can be modified as needed and is designed as an “I Go, You Go” so partners can perform the reps as a team.

Bubba Memorial Workout

  • Part 1: 22 minutes AMRAP (do as many rounds as possible in 22 minutes) of: 4 pull-ups, 21 sit-ups, 20 wall balls
  • Part 2: 6 rounds of: 5 deadlifts, 22 burpee box jumps, 79 air squats

Place and time: Crosstraining Fitness Vail, 41199 US Highway 6, Avon, Saturday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m.

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Growing up in the Vail Valley, Chris later served as a combat controller with the US Air Force Special Operations Command. During his two decades of service, Chris completed six deployments, achieved the rank of Master Sergeant and received dozens of honors including the Bronze Star with Valor Device, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.

“On April 21, 2020, we lost Chris to suicide,” the memorial workout organizers said. “In his later years he struggled with alcoholism and the invisible trauma of combat. He isolated himself from the love and support others were trying to share and ended the pain and anguish that he alone could not cure. Suicide is affecting veterans at an alarming rate. It has been reported that between 17 and 22 veterans die by suicide every day. When someone unexpectedly loses a loved one, they There is always grief and grief. When your loved one dies by suicide, there is also shame and guilt. Although these emotions have sometimes been crippling since their loss, we know that the only way to help others is to share our story.

“We hope that through this event we can show our support for veterans in their efforts to find healing and a sense of purpose and community after their service in this country.”

The Vail Veterans Program provides injured service members and their families with innovative and transformational programs that build confidence and improve lives.

“Chris loved coming home to the mountains and we believe in the therapeutic power of being in that setting,” the Vail Veterans Program said.

For more information, to register or to donate, visit Bubba Memorial Workout GoFundMe Page. The page’s goal is $10,000 and as of Tuesday afternoon it was $1,300/

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