Brendan O'Toole, a retired Marine sergeant, presented Give an Hour with a sponsorship check on Sept. 1 at the Garner Veterans Memorial, 921 Buffaloe Road.
Give an Hour is an organization dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. They offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injures and more.
Inspired to raise awareness and support for fellow combat servicemen and servicewomen by running across the country, O’Toole started his mission from Oceanside, Calif., last year on Veteran’s Day and will continue to run until November 2014. He is running across America in order to raise money and awareness for Give an Hour, USO and Team Red White and Blue.