National Awareness Campaign to Honor Fallen Military and Their Families
Honor the sacrifice made by our fallen & their families.
How We Do It
Help heal the seen and unseen wounds of war through endurance sports & fitness.
How We Do It
ENDURING HEROES SPONSORSHIPS
Connect active duty, veterans, civilians, & surviving families.
How We Do It
MEMORIAL BACK BIBS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Medals of Honor founder, Amy Cotta began running in combat boots in 2011 after her then 18-year-old son left for Marine Corps boot camp. After competing in endurance events wearing boots Amy discovered it could be a way to honor our fallen military and showing their families they are not alone.
Honor our fallen military and the families they leave behind through endurance sports and special events in order to help heal the visible and invisible wounds of war for both surviving family members and veterans.
Why Medals of Honor? Named for the symbolic act of sacrificing one’s endurance/sports participation medal in honor & memory of a fallen service member who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Our leadership team and advisory board are made up of military family members, veterans, and Gold Star Family members.
Sure, we need money to sustain and grow our mission; we accept donations and offer fundraising options. However, we NEVER want money to be the focus of our mission or a barrier to participation. At the end of the day, all that matter is our mission, honoring the sacrifice.
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Amy’s journey to giveback through her combat boots started in 2011 when her oldest and only biological son left straight out of high school to the United States Marine Corps. Since 2011 Amy has completed over 35 events/races in combat boots all over the country (5K up to and including a 50K marathon and full Ironman).
Amy has been featured in Runner’s World Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, On Your Left Magazine, Ironman.com, Irongirl.com, CBN (Christian Broadcast Network), U.S Patriot Tactical, and Swiftwick.com,
Jane Horton is a Gold Star family and casualty policy advisor, veterans and Gold Star family advocate, as well as a writer and commentator.
She is the proud Gold Star wife of SPC Christopher Horton, an Army sniper killed in action on September 9, 2011 in Paktia, Afghanistan. Her passion is to speak for those left behind in war, to be a voice and advocate for those who have none, and to engage in the nation that so many have fought, bled and died for.
Horton was appointed by General Odierno in 2012 to serve and assist on the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Survivor Advisory Working Group and continues to serve to the day. She has an extensive political, security and legislative relations background and has volunteered over 6,000 hours serving the survivor population of the United States military. She has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Roger’s State University.
Horton has been featured on ABC, Drudge, CNN, Huffington Post, USA Today, The Blaze, Fox and Friends, The Dennis Miller Show, Huckabee, Hannity, The Washington Examiner, and the Kelly File, along with numerous other paper publications and talk shows.
April is a graduate of MTSU with a degree in Psychology and minors in Human Performance and Nutrition. She is currently going through the process to become a health and wellness coach and obtaining her personal training certification.
April is the founder of Combat Boot Divas. She’s married to Aaron, who is a soldier in the Army National Guard. Together they have three children, DJ, Suzie and Georgia.
April’s journey in combat boots began in a quiet, painful manner. She began running to get away from her husband and his post-war issues. On day, on a whim, she ordered combat boots. If she was going to run through the pain, she decided it must be for a good cause. The pain turned to pity which turned to pride which turned to determination. She is now using this determination to help other women who are struggling with the roller coaster of PTSD. Prior to the inception of Combat Boot Divas, she was a leader of Wives of Faith.
The above companies have generously donated their money, resources, or products. If you would like to partner with Medals of Honor please contact us, we would love to hear from you.
Medals of Honor proudly supports and works closely with other military nonprofits and organizations. Medals of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization ID #47-5273214 All of the fallen in our database have been put there and requested to be honored by their loved one(s). We NEVER give out or share the contact information of our surviving families. Copyright 2014 Medals of Honor All Rights Reserved