I had the great pleasure to meet Mark Little in June 2014. Mark is a Veteran who is doing great work inspiring and helping Veterans all over the United States. Mark and his wife Alicia, and their  extended family, stayed at my vacation cabin in Asheville, N.C.  Vicki and Wayne Gheesling, Mark’s inlaws, were kind to connect me with Mark for a conversation about the work that he is doing with Veterans through his non-profit, Warrior 360. Mark is an extraordinary human being. He is inspiring and supporting Veterans to believe in themselves through events such as 5K races, 31 Heroes Project, and numerous other projects around the country.

Mark’s non-profit assists Vets who need immediate help and have no where else to go for help. Here is the mission statement for Warrior 360.

“To support the needs and promote the welfare of United States Military service-members, their families, and all others whose service to public safety generally place the welfare of others before their own.”


The 31Heroes Project was conceived in response to the Extortion 17 helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011 killing 30 military service members, as well as one military working dog – Many of the fallen were Special Operators from the Navy SEAL community.

To celebrate the incredible lives of these fallen heroes and support their families, 31Miles for 31Heroes – Washington DC, hosted by The 31Heroes Project, will take place on the night of August 2, 2014. The ruck will conclude Sunday morning in Arlington National Cemetary.
31Miles for 31Heroes is a 31 mile ruck through the night to honor the lives of the Heroes of Extortion 17. Participants will carry 2 bricks in their rucks, one to represent the lives of our fallen and the other to represent the burden carried by their families. Periodically, Ruckers stop to read the bios of these warriors and raise a drink (of water) to their memories. All funds raised will benefit The 31Heroes Project, a non-profit which serves to impact the lives of our nation’s heroes and their families, while remembering the fallen. http://www.warrior360.org/


I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet Mark and Alisha and their wonderful extended family! The Center looks forward  to future projects with Mark Riddle and Warrior 360. Go here to learn more.  Mark and his wife Alisha were recently featured on the Ellen Generes Show.


Mark Riddle and Caty

Mark Riddle and Caty