Marines led the way for the 1st Annual Anthony Muhlstadt Defender Ruck Walk held in St. Petersburg, Florida, on June 24th, 2023. Following the Marines lead were more than 280 fellow service members, veterans, and community members who took the time to strap on their rucks and head out on a blistering 5k walk to raise funds for the Stop Soldier Suicide organization. The start and finish lines were located at Gateway Baptist Church. While the ruckers were on their journey, Right Way Elevator Maintenance was busy grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for the hungry crowd. Inside VAN’s Veterans’ Village, VAN Members and event sponsors stood up their tents and tables with gifts, water, and cooling rags for the returning participants.