Green Beret Chad Conley created the 50 for the Fallen program, a 50-mile ruck to provide mental health support for veterans, and plans to take it international while commemorating 9/11 with events across the United States.
Chad Conley is a Green Beret and Army Master Sergeant who served for 20 years and is about to retire. Two years ago, he created a program called the Summit program to help transitioning Green Berets successfully leave the service with wrap-around services. However, he wanted to do more and so he came up with the idea of doing a 50-mile ruck, which started in New York City on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The event has grown and become a partnership with Spartan Race. Conley plans to take it international in the next year and commemorates 9/11 with events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and at the United 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania. All proceeds from these events go towards providing mental health treatments and outpatient therapies for veterans.