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Runners raise awareness for wounded warriors

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Running for four days and more than 250 miles, six runners crossed the finish line Sunday afternoon. They are raising awareness for wounded warriors. Two of the runners are veterans. They say this was a way to continue their service to their country.

"We were uncomfortable for three or four days," said Ray Miller, a 65-year-old runner. "But those young men and young women are going to be uncomfortable really for the rest of their lives, and it's all because they were doing things to protect our freedom."

The relay began Thursday in Columbus at Fort Benning, and ended Sunday at Fort Gordon's Fisher House, where wounded veterans and their families can stay while receiving treatment at the hospital on post. The runners will donate money they've collected on their journey to the Fisher House and the Wounded Warrior Project.

"This means a lot because the community is part of the support system, and it enhances the support and rehabilitation and recovery process for those soldiers that were wounded," said Lincoln Williams, executive director of the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion.

Fort Gordon General LaWarren V. Patterson says this is a cause the country needs to rally around for decades.

"After 11 years of war, we've got well over 30,000 soldiers and veterans who will have life-time injuries that they and their families will have to live with the rest of their lives," said Gen. Patterson.

The runners say they look forward to bringing more awareness to the wounded warrior project, saying it's the least they can do, for those who've sacrificed much more.

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