By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zulema Sotelo

GIG HARBOR, Wash. – The threat of rain didn’t stop Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from showing their support to service members affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during “Race for a Soldier” at Gig Harbor, Wash., Sept. 29.

“Race for a Soldier” began in 2011 by Leslie Maynes after her son, Private First Class Kyle Farr, committed suicide in 2009 after suffering from PTSD. All proceeds for “Race for a Soldier” are donated to organizations that help service members readjust to life after deployment.

“I feel great giving back to the wounded warriors and their families because it gives me an appreciation for what we do,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd class Chris Landrum from Visalia, Calif..

“It is important to show our support to these service members,” said Chief Culinary Specialist Michael Farmer from Yakima, Wash. “Our participation builds camaraderie within our command and community.”

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Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

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