Proudly We Stand

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine.)

The commitment to serving our country is not for everyone. But regardless of an individual’s current military status – veteran or not – Lawrence Executive Alliance of Professionals (LEAP), LLC, remains committed to supporting active duty men and women, and veterans who have bravely protected our nation.

My own military career began with an interest in the medical field. It was thanks to an Army scholarship that I was able to pursue that calling at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor in the Fall of 1991. After proudly serving our country for nine years, I continued to deliver care to the members of our Armed Forces both here and abroad. Postgraduate medical training in family practice at Dewitt Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Va., brought me closer to recognizing that medical staffing for our active duty and veteran patients was lacking. LEAP LLC was created in 2007 and, for the past 12 years, has been actively involved in providing excellent medical service for those who so proudly are serving or have served our country.

Since 2011, I have able to expand on that mission through involvement in marathons across the country, including annual participation in the Marine Corps Marathon, the Army Ten-Miler, the Air Force Marathon, and the Navy Air Force Half Marathon. It was an honor to recently join thousands of other runners and teams who were on a mission to “support Army outreach, build morale and promote physical fitness” through participation in the 2019 Army Ten-Miler, held in Washington, D.C. The October 13 race reminded me of my career in the Army and it is a pleasure to be able to interact with present service members serving the country. Now in its 35th year, the Army Ten-Miler has generated more than $7.3 million for the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the G9 Division of the U.S. Army Installation and Management Command, which manages programs and services that support readiness and resilience and for soldiers and families. We are incredibly proud to be a part of that.

Congratulations to all the service members and runners who participated in this special occasion.