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Why We Run

PFC Kyle Marshall Farr Excerpt from Frank Hill's growing list of powerful compositions.

We run to outrun the demons, past the parade of horrible and heal with honor the heaviest hearts. We run to spin the globe beneath our boots, so far and so fast that we raise the sun and shine the brightest of lights on these consistent open wounds, unseen to the eye but terribly tangible to the entire being, finally allowing them to heal in peace.  

We run so the world can see, hear, feel, accept and embrace, fully, who they are now, who they have become. We run so they won’t have to run alone. We run in prayer that we can possibly understand how to stand under the immeasurable impossibilities that face them.  

We run to remind them they are worth running for; to remind them they are the everlasting inherently good. We run to quell the epidemic, to multiply 22 by zero. We run to remember to never forget. We run for each and every one of them. We run to walk them all the way home. We run for Kyle.  

Hill enlisted in the Army as a private in 1997 and received an Army scholarship that aided him in completing his bachelors degree in psychology in 2003 from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.  Hill served a total of 10 years as an enlisted combat medic and psychiatric technician and a medical service corps officer.  He resigned his commission in 2007, after achieving the rank of captain.  While on active duty, Hill deployed as an officer to Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.  He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 with the 758th Forward Surgical Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Upon returning to JBLM he was promoted and then assigned as the company commander for Bravo Company of the Warrior Transition Battalion.  Hill was awarded the Combat Medic Badge for providing medical aid while under direct fire as well as several Meritorious Service Medals for his actions while downrange.  Hill just received his master's degree in counseling psychology from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. His goal is to serve the nations active military and veterans who struggle with complications due to the continuing conflicts.  Hill's service left him not only with post traumatic stress and a traumatic brain injury but also with a steadfast determination to position himself as a pillar, providing support for returning veterans who face similar challenges.  He was a speaker at the Race for A Soldier Prayer Breakfast in 2012 and continues to support the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundations mission as military adviser.  

Read the full composition here.

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In Honor of PFC Kyle Marshall Farr

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