PHOTO ALBUM: 2019 St. Luke's FitOne (Boise)

On Saturday, 9.28.19, over thirty Mission43 members came out bright and early to volunteer at St. Luke’s annual FitOne Race. It was a blast and we were able to help provide water, cheers, and good times to the over 2,000 participants at the mile 9 marker. Thanks to everyone who came out and represented M43 and congrats to all who completed the half-marathon!


On Wednesday, 9.11.19, The Mission43 community honored the lives we lost on 9.11.2001 and their families with a 5K in the Eagle foothills. The event had a turnout of over 500 participants and throughout the course were markers showing the timeline of events that occurred 18 years prior. Participants walked, rucked, or ran as individuals, families, or teams while the American Flag and Flag of Honor bearing the names of everyone our country lost that day were carried along the course.

2019 Miles of Remembrance 5K Race Day Details

Here are all the details for those who signed up for this year’s 9.11 Miles of Remembrance. If you haven’t signed up, you can still do so here.

There are hundreds of others joining you to help honor and remember the events of September 11, 2001, so we are really looking forward to this. Here are a few final notes on the day’s events:

  • Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • Show Time / Check-In: 5:00-5:30pm

  • Opening Ceremony / 5k Line-Up: 5:30pm

  • Location: Hockey rink at Eagle Bike Park in Eagle, Idaho (Google Maps Link)

PARKING: There are four lots (marked above) within walking distance of the event area. We are expecting over 500 people for this year's Miles of Remembrance so please be prepared to have to walk up from one of the lower lots.

Check-In: As you come down the sidewalk into the event area, one of our volunteers will get you checked-in (near the star above) and give you your food / drink bracelet. If you are bringing any friends or family who have not registered, they can easily sign-up on race day at the Mission43 tent.

Running Late? No worries, we'll get you checked-in quickly and you can head out on the course to catch up with the group.

To help with traffic flow along the course, we will line up in three groups that will be clearly marked in the start area. "A Group" is for the speed-demons who plan to run the whole thing. "B Group" is for those who like to dabble in both running and walking. "C Group" is the fun group, or those who will walk, talk, and have a great time.

There will be one water station at the half-way point. Big thanks to the SSG Aaron Butler Purple Heart Run crew who will have some tunes playing and help keep hydrated as you hit the home stretch.

The course will also be lined with signs depicting the timeline of key events of September 11, 2001. It's our goal to truly make this a Miles of Remembrance.

We have had a much bigger response to this year's Miles of Remembrance than expected, so we have already had to place two re-orders to keep up with demand. Bottom line, if you didn't receive your shirt we will have them on site at the event for pick-up. We apologize for any trouble and thank you for your patience.

Big shout out to our partners in swag who have made this happen, Name Brand Promotions. They have been working around the clock to keep up with orders!

When you check-in for the run you will receive a bracelet that is good for one plate of BBQ from Bodacious Pig and a beer from Powderhaus Brewing. Waters and sodas will also be available in coolers around the run area. Enjoy!

Unless you are bringing a service dog, we ask that you please don’t bring your dog (or cat). We all love dogs as much as the next person, but it will be pretty crowded on the course and in the event area.

At the end of the day, we are all doing this to honor and remember the events of September 11, 2001. For many, this is a way to help teach our children why service in the military or as a first responder has been so important.

On behalf of the entire Mission43 team, thank you and we hope you have an incredible time. If you have any questions please contact us using the form below.

See you there!


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FAQ: How to Donate to Mission43

We are often asked and always appreciate people and businesses looking to donate to Mission43’s work. Mission43 is a non-profit, but is fully funded and is an initiative of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, so unfortunately we don’t take in any donations.

However, since the pillar partners in Mission43 are non-profits, we always recommend this as a great alternative. Your dollars will still be able to go towards the work we do and have an impact on military families in Idaho.

Below are our recommendations to donating towards the work that we are doing.


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Hire Heroes USA oversees the employment pillar of Mission43. They have supported hundreds of veterans and military spouses transition to meaningful employment throughout the state at an average starting salary of over $50,000. Your support will help us conduct employment workshops, maintain a free job posting board for Idaho employers (we are the only state to provide this service free through HHUSA), and provide Idaho-based transition specialists who work one-on-one with M43 clients.

Questions about your donation? Contact Micah Taylor, the Idaho Area Manager.


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Generation Wild provides “Direction Through Solitude.” Through our partnership, the GW team takes a veteran parent and child fly fishing on Idaho’s waters. Our goal is to help re-connect the veteran parent, who has often been deployed for long periods of time, with their children. We can think of no better way than doing this out of cell coverage in the beautiful outdoors. Ultimately, through Generation Wild, we are creating stronger military families throughout our state.


If you have any other questions, please contact us and we can help make sure your donation is having an impact on Idaho veterans and military families.

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M43 Podcast EP009: Nico Marcolongo from Operation Rebound

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In this episode of the M43 Podcast, we sit down with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Senior Manager of Operation Rebound, Nico Marcolongo. Nico joined CAF after 14 years of service as a United States Marine Corps Officer and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

What CAF has done in their support of veterans and first responders through Operation Rebound is no less than remarkable. They have provided countless opportunities and empowered those with physical injuries by providing adaptive sports equipment and training grants to these individuals.

Nico helps us learn more about Operation Rebound and tells us some inspirational stories of individuals who have benefited from this program.

Do you know anyone who can benefit from Operation Rebound?

Fill out the form below and we’ll get you connected to CAF’s Operation Rebound team.

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Learn more about the Challenged Athletes Foundation Operation Rebound:



M43 Podcast EP008: The Real Rudy Reyes!

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In this episode of the M43 Podcast, Brian and Bryan get to talk to Rudy Reyes: Veteran, actor, advocate, leader, philanthropist, and so much more. Hear about his upbringing, time serving in the military, trials with transitioning into civilian life, triumphs with his new mission, and more in this dynamic and impassioned interview!

Learn more about Rudy’s work:



M43 Podcast EP007: Mike Erwin, Founder of Team RWB and The Character & Leadership Center

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Brian and Bryan sit down with the highly energetic and accomplished Mike Erwin.  Mike shares how Team RWB came about and his thought-provoking perspective on leadership and positive psychology.  Mike also discusses his work as the co-founder of the Positivity Project, his book Lead Yourself First, his work with the Character & Leadership Center and his participation in the Mission43 Leaders Fellowship.

Learn more about Mike’s endeavors:

Learn more about the Mission43 Leaders Fellowship:



M43 Podcast EP006: Alison Garrow and Guild Education

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Brian and Bryan sit down with the ever-energetic and knowledgeable Alison Garrow, the Veteran & Servicemember Liaison at Guild Education/Mission43. They discuss the background on the selection of Guild as the education partner for Mission43 and why Guild Education is so successful in supporting Mission43 members in their academic pursuit.

You will learn about the extent of Guild Education’s services that include success advising and partner universities with a robust lists of degree and certificate programs. You will also gain a keen sense of why a conversation with Alison is helpful to anyone considering using their GI Bill education benefits and starting their education journey off right.

Oh yeah, you will also learn that she likes shooting whistle pigs!



M43 Podcast EP005: The Mission43 Leaders Fellowship

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In this episode, Brian and Bryan go in depth into the Mission43 Leaders Fellowship Program. They discuss the importance of this program and the commitment to investing in the leadership skills of Mission43 members who seek increased self-awareness, personal and professional development, and those who are always on the path to be better versions of themselves.

The inaugural cohort of 24 participants is scheduled to kick off on May 2, 2019 with the Mike Erwin’s Lead Yourself First workshop. Applications for the Mission43 Leaders Fellowship will be accepted through Friday, April, 19th.


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So You Want to Hire? This Is How To Promote Your Career Opportunity to the M43 Community!

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The cornerstone of Mission43 is the employment pillar. Each year, the Hire Heroes USA team helps hundreds of transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses connect to meaningful employment opportunities throughout the state. Each member works directly with their own Idaho-based “Transition Specialist” to help translate their military experience into a relevant resume, practice interview techniques, and ultimately refine their search for positions best suited to their experience.

Idaho businesses have a unique opportunity to post their positions (completely free) so that you can reach the M43 members actively searching for employment. Because you are an Idaho-based business and through Mission43’s partnership with Hire Heroes USA, you will get unlimited 30-day job postings and access to over 9,000 job seekers (including those coming from out-of-state). We need your help in getting your positions posted!


  1. Visit the Employer Sign-Up Page on the Hire Heroes USA website. Make sure you select Mission43 for the “How did you hear about us?” question.

  2. Select the $200 Job Posting Package and use the code “M43JobBoard” on check-out. You won’t have to pay a thing!

  3. Start posting your positions!



Please use the form below to connect directly with the Hire Heroes USA Job Board team. You can also reach them at or 844-634-1520. If you have any Idaho specific questions, touch base with the Idaho Area Manager, Allison Albers at

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M43 Podcast EP004: Generation Wild

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Brian and Kevon Bjornson are native Idahoans and the co-founders of Generation Wild.  As young boys, they experienced the outdoors with their father who taught them the simple pleasures to be found while hiking, camping and fly fishing.  As they got older, Brian and Kevon grew in their appreciation for the outdoors and wanted to share their experience with the youth here in the Treasure Valley.  After mentoring youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, Brian and Kevon decided to embark upon creating their own youth mentorship program and Generation Wild was formed.

Generation Wild is a 501c3 non-profit that leverages the outdoors and the natural beauty of Idaho to make a positive impact on the lives of our younger generation.  Through fly fishing, hiking, and spending time outdoors they strive to develop friendships, share their passion for the outdoors, teach life-long skills, and create leaders for the future. Their goal is to help the younger generation find direction in their lives through spending time in solitude.

Mission43 is looking forward to working with Generation Wild in the future. Learn more about Generation Wild and connect with them to get invovled:


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43INC With Oz Sanchez, Six Time Paralympic Medalist

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Oscar “Oz” Sanchez, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, sat down with the Mission43 community and provided incredible insight into what it means to embody excellence in the face of adversity. His life was changed forever in 2001 when he was involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. The accident resulted in a spinal cord injury (SCI) and the inevitable paralysis and associated neurological complications.

After the accident, Oz’s biggest fear was being defined by his injury. He developed a new sense of direction and vigor for life. He pulled out of his post-injury depression and once again took a proactive approach to living by dedicating himself to education and hand cycling.

Oz is an elite hand cycle racer who has won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games and he is also a five-time World Hand Cycling Champion, which has earned him the title of “world’s fastest hand cyclist.” Oz is a graduate of San Diego State University with a business degree and a minor in public communications and is currently pursuing a master’s while training for the 2020 Paralympics.


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M43 Podcast EP003: Spencer Milo From The Marcus Institute For Brain Health

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Spencer Milo is the Director of Veteran Programs at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH) in Denver, Colorado. He’s as good as they come and you could say he is over-qualified for his role in this position. He was seriously wounded in both Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering blast injuries that changed his life forever, but now influence his approach to helping other veterans and their families who have experienced similar injuries.

Through an incredible $30 million seed grant from the Marcus Foundation (Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot), the Marcus Institute for Brain Health was launched in 2016 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. They exist because we now know that there are clear changes in functioning after brain injury. MIBH fills this critical need with comprehensive and customized care totally free to military families.

Mission43 is proud to work closely with Spencer Milo and the Marcus Institute for Brain Health in connecting those we know who have suffered brain injuries in combat or training. We are confident in saying they are best-in-class for treatment of TBI in the country.

Learn more about the Marcus Institute for Brain Health:



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