7th annual Sgt. Colton Levi Derr 5k run
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Sgt. Colton Levi Derr foundation held the 7th annual 5k run at the fairgrounds Saturday morning, bringing awareness to combat-related PTSD. Sargent Derr suffered from PTSD and traumatic brain injury after serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in the Army. At 24 years old, just six weeks after returning home, the trauma was unbearable and lead him him to take his own life.
Several groups came out to support his legacy and insure his memory lives on. The president of the organization, Haley Derr said “We try to help out any which way we can it is holding events like the 5k that help raise money to help them and just this week we were moving furniture to a home of a vet that just got out of the hospital. All the furniture was donated, we take our time to get it and make sure the job gets done. The biggest thing I want people to take away from this is that there are still a lot of vets that deal with PTSD and issues out there and there are others who are looking to help them.”