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NOMINATE A HERO
Each week The Weekly Fight recognizes a Veteran's service and his/hers impact in their community. Help us recognize a Veteran that you may know or that has influenced the lives of others.
THIS WEEK'S HERO
Ronald “Jake” Clark is a US Army Veteran of the Cold War era and the California Army National Guard during the Post 9/11 era. During a lengthy break in military service, Jake served with the U.S. Secret Service, the Los Angeles Police Department, and as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Following the events of 9/11, he reenlisted in the Guard, completed Officer Candidate School, and served multiple Peacekeeping tours to the former Yugoslavia where he witnessed the aftermath of genocidal atrocities, greatly impacting his worldview. While an MBA student at Pepperdine University, he interrupted his studies to create Malibu-based Save A Warrior.
Jake's novel and disruptive approach in the areas of reintegration and PTS-related suicide prevention, inspired the creation and informs the curriculums of several derivative resiliency programs across the country and abroad. A sought after public speaker on the challenges of Veteran transition and reintegration, as well as his work with First Responders exposed to workplace trauma, his passion for serving those who serve has inspired several films and major news articles.
In 2015, he received the WebMD Health Hero Award for his work in Veteran advocacy. In 2017, Save A Warrior was declared a winner at the second annual VA BrainTrust: Pathways to Innovation for its disruptive and pioneering approach to ending Veteran suicide.
We will be announcing our 2020 schedule soon
To forge a bond between Veterans and the community
to maximize their civilian potential.
The Weekly Fight was created to help promote healthy lifestyle through Camaraderie, Mission and Purpose. We are determined to reduce Veteran suicide by teaching Veterans how to transition and turn Post Traumatic Stress into Post Traumatic Growth.
With our partners The Weekly Fight provides free workouts to Veterans, First Responders and their Family Members. We stress the family unit and partner relationships because Post Traumatic Stress not only effects the Veteran but the family as well. At these weekly workouts we dedicate the WOD to a Veteran. Sometimes it is a local Veteran that can come in and share his experience, other times it is a Veteran that has gained national or local attention. We do this to help break the stigma and show the contributions Veterans are making to their communities.
We welcome civilians to our workouts which helps bridge the Veteran and civilian divide. This gives Veterans an opportunity to be in an environment that is supportive and has likeminded individuals. The military mindset of everyone suffers together is a perfect fit with the CrossFit community. Our workouts are always partner or team based to help build that camaraderie. Result shared pain brings people together.
Our business model focuses on three pillars
Education – At our workouts the Veteran and Chapter President will shall experiences, discuss trauma and how they turned their lives around. We have also held several “Trauma Panels” at West Chester University where we discuss what Trauma is, with both Veterans and civilians.
Crisis Management Fund – Used to assist Veterans in need of financial support.
Scholarship Fund – Used to help the surviving children of Post Traumatic Stress fund their higher education.
We are currently located at Fire for Effect Athletics in Manayunk, CrossFit Inspire in Frazier, PA, CrossFit Uncompromised in Lancaster, PA, CrossFit Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, CrossFit Petram in Middletown, Delaware, CrossFit Batcave in York, PA and CrossFit Thunder Hill in Oxford, PA.