Nixa makes sure military families are recognized
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Sitting in his Christian County home, Aaron Fleming is at peace. In the middle of a fly’s tether, it’s about as far as you can get from the Middle East.
Aaron served a decade in the Marines, retiring with combat-related injuries.
“It’s almost to understand the sacrifice that some of our soldiers have to make,” said Jason Massengale.
Massengale admires Aaron’s service. And while the real estate broker has always respected the military, it wasn’t until his son enlisted in the military that he understood firsthand the sacrifice of our military and their families.
“Watching my stepdaughter go through childbirth without him and then childbirth, with COVID, he couldn’t come home – I was more aware of the sacrifice that the military is working on – and we started talking about it. to the officer, Aaron’s wife, Paula, is part of the team here.
Jason and Aaron have teamed up to make sure military families in the Nixa area know how much they mean to their community.
“We had this idea, and five weeks we had the race,” said Massengale. it wasn’t like we thought about it for a year … it was five weeks.
After having discussed with the police to establish a route and the municipal council to approve it, the Hero Race 5K was born in November. Twenty-three companies from the region supported this start-up fundraising.
“It’s an obstacle course,” says Massengale. “We had drill sergeants to give the community a chance to see what (the military) are going through in training camp.”
“To have this awareness of our military and the sacrifices military families have made right here in Nixa,” said Fleming, “it brings everyone together in a ‘we are actually all one’ community. “
The money collected thanks to the 5K made it possible to create a scholarship for a young soldier in the region. This spring, they gifted it to Olivia Engleman, whose hero essay stood out.
“It’s very encouraging for me; see the next generation step up, ”Fleming said.
“Create the world you want to live in,” Massengale said.
In just five weeks, Jason and Aaron have made a difference.
They’re already thinking about this fall’s Hero Run and what they could add besides the purse to make it even more impactful.
“We want half of the profits to go to a veteran who wants to start a business in Christian County,” Massengale said.
“It puts their family and their service; who we are here in the spotlight, ”Fleming said.
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