St. Louis (Aug. 12, 2008) —For many servicemen and women in today’s military, it is a call to fulfill a greater purpose, rather than personal benefit, that drives them. Capt. Patrick Dierig, U.S. Air Force, exemplifies this philosophy, and will run the New Mexico Marathon on behalf of those who share that sense of duty and wish to implement it in civilian life.
Dierig is participating in the Aug. 31 marathon in an effort to raise awareness and funding for the Center for Citizen Leadership (CCL), a nonprofit organization that provides returning veterans with the resources and support to become citizen leaders at home. One of CCL’s major initiatives is The Mission Continues, a fellowship program enabling wounded and disabled military veterans to spend 14 weeks at a service organization in a capacity that matches their skills with the organization’s needs.
Dierig was raised in Fort Thomas, Ky. and is a 2000 graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. He is currently preparing for assignment to England.
He has already raised over $3,000 toward his goal of at least $4,000 by the time he lines up for the race. Private donations like these help CCL place Fellows in mentoring, equine therapy and veteran outreach programs. During their volunteer term, CCL Fellows have regained confidence in their ability to be of service even when their time in the military is over.
Besides gaining a personal sense of accomplishment when he completes the race, Dierig hopes his effort helps spread news of CCL’s work. “There is a great need in society for people with the character and skills one gains from military service,” says Dierig. “I’ve dedicated my ‘Service Before Self Challenge’ run to those finding a place where they can best use those skills to benefit others.”
The Center for Citizen Leadership is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in St. Louis. For more information about the Center or The Mission Continues program, or to make a donation in Dierig’s honor, please visit http://www.citizenleadership.org.