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38 miles are complete! On the morning of Sunday, February 1st I
embarked on a run journey that gave me plenty of time (6+ hrs) to
reflect on the sacrifices military and their families have made to for
our country. Toeing the start line with me that morning was Gabriela,
whose father was killed in action in Afghanistan. Gabriela and I met
back in 2008 when I started Got Your Back Network, seeing a need to
support widows and children who were reeling in the wake of their
spouse/parent making the ultimate sacrifice. My goal was to create a
network of these military families, bring them together to share
positive experiences, and put smiles on their faces once more ūüôā As
we say.. we got your back!

Throughout the 38 miles on Sunday, military service members, friends
and family came together in support of this journey along the
beautiful shores of the Potomac River. The run took me down to Mt.
Vernon, up to Theodore Roosevelt Island and through the cobblestone
streets of Old Town Alexandria. It was a fitting setting by our
Nation’s Capitol and passing by reminders of two of our greatest
Presidents of how we can never take life and our freedoms for granted.

The birthday run began out of inspiration from Mike Rouse (a strong
military supporter) in San Diego on February 5, 2012, when I turned 35
on a sunny Super Bowl Sunday, and decided to run from my house to the
hospital (where I was delivering babies that night)- a distance of 35
miles. I wanted to do something mentally and physically challenging
each year that would in turn help motivate others to give just a small
amount to support the military widows and children who I care so much

So on this occasion of my 38th birthday, I ask you to please give $38
to Got Your Back Network in support of families of fallen military.
Through your contributions, children and surviving spouses can attend
educational summer camps, professional sporting events, and other
healing experiences together.

I ran the miles on Sunday and so far we have raised $6700. Please
help me get to $10,000 by my birthday, February 5. It would be the
best birthday present and mean the world to these children.

Why? They deserve all the support we can give. Please help by donating

Very Respectfully,

Dr. Andy Baldwin
Founder, Got Your Back Network


Click to watch Andy finish 38 miles!


Heading Out! Gabriella and Andy George Washington Memorial Parkway Sunday


Lady Bird Johnson Park Theodore Roosevelt Island Arlington Alexandria - Old Town

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All I want for my birthday is for you to donate $38 to Got Your Back
Network, and I’m running 38 miles to prove it. – Dr. Andy Baldwin

On the occasion of my 38th birthday, I will be running 38 miles on Sunday,
Feb. 1st, to raise money for the families of fallen soldiers through Got
Your Back Network!  This will be my 4th year in a row running my
birthday in miles to help military families, and this time will take
place on the East Coast DC area. All I ask is for you to donate $38 or
more to the organization. There will be many locals coming out to run,
and be there for support and raise awareness for the cause.

Every dollar you contribute will go directly to positive programming and
events for these widows and children.  For more information on Got Your
Back Network and to donate, please visit

Please click HERE to make a contribution to Got Your Back Network.
Help these very deserving families 
whose loved ones made the ultimate
sacrifice for our country.

$38 for 38!! Thank you for your support!! #SOT

For more information you can view the course map HERE


Photos from last year’s run!

Ready to run!


Halfway done!



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Mrs Wippel’s fourth grade class has done it again this year! They pinched pennies to collect $115 dollars to help families of the fallen across the United States. When the children put their minds to it, they meet their goal. And this year they exceeded their goal of raising $100. The families of the fallen appreciate Mrs. Wippel’s leadership and the hard work of the fourth grade students.

Mrs Wippel's penny drive

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Project Gratitude 2014 РGot Your Back Network (GYBN) in partnership with Miss America through Sharlene Hawkes hosted ten surviving spouses of the fallen to a weekend surrounding the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, NJ on September 14th. The spouses were treated to special events, meals, makeovers and the pageant thanks to donations from GYBN, Caesars Entertainment, Veteran United, the Weinders, and Laura and Michael Fleiss,

Kathleen Gagg, Executive Director of GYBN, planned, coordinated and ran the event. The surviving spouses came from all across the United States to take part in this unforgettable experience. They were all crowned as honorary “Miss Americas”.

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On September, 25th 2014, ten surviving spouses of deceased military personal were treated to a day of spa treatments and makeovers, and a party at the University Club in San Diego, Ca. Got Your Back Network organized the signature “Martinis and Makeovers” event to help the spouses meet other spouses from Southern California and to introduce the women to the San Diego community. The Zzymzzy Quartet band played music during he evening, and a photo booth provided loads of fun for the attendees.

Donations raised from the community attendees and a silent auction totaled $7000.00 which GYBN will use to provide services to families of the fallen. I want to thank all the volunteers who helped plan, organize and hold Martinis and Makeovers. myipaddress . We would also like to thank and recognize the sponsors of the event. They are listed on our website.

Mike and Roy Mike Rouse Roy and two widows Roy Got Your Back Staff

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know-RedWe would like to thank Know Agency for becoming a GOLD sponsor for our Martinis and Makeover event this year. KNOW Agency is a next-generation non-agency. Small and powerful. Experienced and engaged. They bring talent and smarts without the ego. They have all worked for larger agencies and know the traditional agency model is centered on growing the agency, not necessarily the best interests of the clients they should be serving.