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Medals of Honor

grassroots project to honor fallen military heroes and the families they left behind.


Honor the sacrifice made by our fallen & their families.


We travel to selected events across the country and handout Memorial Back Bibs to individuals who wish to honor our fallen through their event. These bibs contain the names of our fallen warriors and are given at no cost to the racer or the family. Nothing is asked of the racer other than to wear the bib in honor & memory of the sacrifice.



Help heal the seen and unseen wounds of war through endurance sports & fitness.


Through Enduring Heroes we fund potential athletes who are also Active Duty Military, Veterans or Surviving family members so that they may compete in endurance sports as a method of healing and growth. Medals of Honor will help cover the cost of: entry fees, coaching, equipment and travel expenses for these American VIPs!


Connect active duty, veterans, civilians, & surviving families.


We give Americans a tangible way to thank and give back to the families that lost loved ones while serving our Military. Through Medals of Honor individuals can compete in endurance type fitness events as a way to honor fallen U.S. service member and donate their personal finisher’s medal to the surviving family. It doesn’t matter if they are walking their first 5K or racing a full Ironman Triathlon we welcome them to honor the sacrifice via their event. These individuals “racers” are welcome to send personal notes, letters, race swag or any other token they would like to the family to have. We repackaged these items along with a handwritten note from our founder and mail them off to their fallen hero’s family. We enclose a card that gives the name, state, and event of the person who honored their loved one. These Remembrance Packages act as a physical reminder that their fallen loved one’s service, sacrifice and life in NOT forgotten; we remember!



The Facts

Deaths: Operation Iraqi Freedom

Wounded in Action: Operation Iraqi Freedom

Deaths: New Dawn & Enduring Freedom

Wounded: New Dawn & Enduring Freedom

Land of the free because of the brave, .

— Military Service Member —

Get Involved

Make your finisher medals matter

How to Participate

Register to Race / Nominate a Hero / Donate / Volunteer


Register to race for a fallen hero.


Nominate a hero to be honored

Donate / Volunteer

Donate / Volunteer –  Thank you for supporting our mission

Click here.

How Does it Work?

1. Register

Click here to DONATE your medal(s) or NOMINATE a fallen hero to be honored.

Who can participate?
  • Weekend warrior athletes
  • Endurance athletes
  • Families of the fallen
  • Friends of the fallen

2. Race

Run. Bike. Swim. Triathlon. Or get muddy in honor of your fallen American hero.

What kind of medals do we accept?
  • Run (5K to ultra)
  • Cycling events
  • Triathlon
  • Extreme / Mud

3. Honor

Send us your finishers medal. We will send it to your heroes family along with a hand written note.

What to mail to us?
  • Finisher Medal
  • Race information (optional)
  • Race bib (optional)
  • Small photo of yourself (optional)

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country..

— John F. Kennedy —

Show Your Stripes

Use the items below as a way to honor and remember your hero during your race/event.

In Memory of - Sign

Click here download 81/2 x 11 sign.

Ways to use it?
  • Download / Print / Add heroes name
  • Take photos holding it
  • Post on our Facebook page
  • Share on your social media #MedalsofHonor

#NeverForget - Race Bib

Event/Race bibs containing your heroes name.

Ways to use it?
  • Download / Print / Add heroes name
  • Add 2 whole punches to top sides to fit race belt
  • Safety pin to t-shirt
  • Safety pin to race belt

Military Name Tapes & Dog Tags

Custom embroidery uniform NameTapes.

Ways to use it?
  • Order with your hero’s name
  • Order dog tags with hero’s name
  • Velcro or pin to hat/visor
  • Velcro or pin to shirt or race belt


Each of these heroes stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die, that freedom might live and grow and increase its blessing..

— Franklin D. Roosevelt —

Donate your old military uniform

Recycle / Repurpose / Remember

Medals of Honor is a self-funded military campaign. Your generous donation of your retired military uniforms and supplies helps to cover the expense of sending out Remembrance Packages to surviving families of our fallen military. So dust off your old uniforms, toss them into a box and let’s show the families of our fallen warriors they have not been forgotten. Please include your name, branch, rank and years served so we can tell the story of your uniform and service.

We gladly accept military uniforms, duffle bags, patches, canvas tents & bags

Upcycle Your Old Military Uniform

Mail us your old military uniforms

Please send your uniforms(s) to Medals of Honor / Valor Bands PO Box 681401 Franklin, Tennessee 37068. Please include your name, rank, branch served and years of service. Thank you!

Make your medals matter, race for something bigger than yourself..

— Amy Cotta —


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ValorBands are upcycled wearable art that reminds us of the sacrifices made by our military and support the families of our fallen military through sales of these items. Each Valor Band is made from donated military uniforms. Each Valor Band comes with information on the service member who donated his/her uniform and each band is dedicated to the memory of a fallen American Hero. Your purchase symbolizes a commitment to honoring every sacrifice made.


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Find what we're up to and be inspired by people just like you who are making their finisher medals matter.

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We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.

— Winston Churchill —

Our Team

Passionate. Purpose Driven. Military Advocates.

Who are we anyway?

Meet the team who's building the dream

Board Members



Founder / President

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Vice President

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Secretary & Director of Fitness

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Director of Outreach

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Advisory Board


Jane Horton

Survivor Outreach Advisor

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Jane Horton

Jennifer Deshler

Marketing & PR Advisor

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Jennifer Deshler

Mead Lawson

Business Advisor

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Norberto Roman

Veteran Outreach Advisor

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Maureen Friedly


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What our Racers & Familes say

  • You are doing amazing work! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it.

    — Renee B. —
  • You have to understand how much it means to me and so many others what you are doing for us!!

    — Sherrie G. —
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