Former Invictus Games Competitor Launches Exciting New Partnership with There But Not There
There But Not There, the First World War campaign led by former Chief of the General Staff, General The Lord Dannatt, has launched in the United States today in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation.
The money raised from the sale of Tommies in the United States, will benefit US and UK armed forces charities, including the Invictus Games Foundation.
So far the Tommies have appeared at major US landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Gateway Arch in St Louis and Time Square in New York.
Dominic Reid, CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation said: “This partnership will contribute enormously to the important work of the Invictus Games Foundation as it continues to serve those who have served. There But Not There seeks to inspire communities to commemorate their local fallen, educate the next generation and help heal the seen and unseen wounds war.”
The Stateside campaign is backed by former Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander, General Stanley McChrystal, who said: “I am extremely proud to support There But Not There, a nationwide tribute commemorating the centenary of World War One and raising money for today’s Veterans. It is myhonor to support this project, not only to remember the more than 100,000 Americans lost in WWI, but to help veterans who need it today.”
A veteran of the Orlando 2016 and Toronto 2017 Invictus Games, Major Ivan Castro is launching the Stateside campaign in his new role as a There But Not There Ambassador.
A former U.S. Army officer and Airborne Ranger with Special Forces Command, Ivan only recently left the military, despite losing his eyesight on Operations in Iraq in 2006. His wounds were caused when a mortar round landed near him, severely injuring him and a number of his platoon.
An advocate of sports rehabilitation, employment and education for wounded warriors, Ivan was awarded the Purple Heart for his actions in Iraq and now participates in various races and marathons as a competitor.
Ivan said: “These Soldier Silhouettes represent more than just the great contribution made by our grandparents and great grandparents during World War One, they, for me, represent all those who have served or continue to serve our great nation.”
To find out more about There But Not There please visit: www.therebutnotthere.org.uk