Vets Run To Raise Awareness For PTSD and Suicide

Help support wounded Marine veterans who are running the virtual 45th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) to honor their fallen brothers and raise awareness about PTSD and suicide prevention in the veteran community.


Marine Sgt. James Scott, Cpl. Bart Skiba, and Sgt. Jesse Scott are running the virtual MCM to honor the Marines and Sailors that were killed during their deployments and to raise awareness about PTSD and suicide prevention in the veteran community (You can find out more about each cause they are running for below). These veterans are running the MCM as part of the 3/8 OIF & OEF Veterans Running Team and are sponsored by 3/8 OIF & OEF Veterans, a 501(c)3 veteran charity, under the Race/Sports Sponsorship Program. This 'recovery through sport' program applies a holistic approach to help veterans heal by sponsoring veterans to participate in athletic activities.

They want to raise $5,000 that will be donated to a veteran charity that assists veterans in need. Please help them reach their goal. All donations are tax-deductible.


About the Charity:

3/8 OIF & OEF Veterans is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that provides financial and lifetime support and assistance to Post-9/11 Wounded Veterans and their families. Many of these veterans are still suffering from physical, mental, and emotional wounds they sustained from combat. They want to ensure that these veterans have the resources needed for their emotional, physical, and economic recovery and transition back to their civilian lives. 3/8 OIF & OEF Veterans team is made up of volunteers who served with 3/8 during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more information, go to www.38oifoef.org 


About Sgt. James Scott:

James served with 3rd Battalion 8 Marine Regiment (3/8), Weapons Company, from 2004 to 2008, and deployed to Iraq twice, to Fallujah in 2005 and Ramadi in 2006. During his deployments, 3/8 lost 25 Marines and Sailors who were killed during combat operations. James wants to dedicate his first MCM to raise awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and raise money for a veteran charity that assists veterans working on their recovery.


About Cpl. Bart Skiba:

Bart served with 3rd Battalion 8 Marine Regiment (3/8), Weapons Company, from 2004 to 2008, and deployed to Iraq to Fallujah in 2005 and Ramadi in 2006. During his deployments, 3/8 lost 25 Marines and Sailors who were killed during combat operations. Bart decided to run 25 MCM to honor his 25 brothers-in-arms who paid the ultimate price. Bart is running his seventh Marine Corps Marathon, and this year he is dedicating his race to his friend, LCpl Jacob W. Beisel, who was killed in Ramadi, Iraq 2006.


About Sgt. Jesse Scott:

Jesse served with 2nd TSB, Combat Logistic Regiment 2, from 2015 to 2020. He also is continuing to serve with Army National Guard. Jesse wants to dedicate his first MCM to help raise awareness about suicide prevention in the veteran community and raise money for a veteran charity that assists those who are working on their recovery.



About LCpl Jacob W. Beisel – September 27, 1984 – March 31, 2006:

21, of Lackawaxen, PA.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Weapons Company, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 31 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq. Jacob joined the Marines in September of 2003, a few months after graduating from Wallenpaupack Area High School and served as a 0341 Infantry Mortarman with 3/8 Weapons Company. He was a fun-loving and a goofball who got along with everybody. It didn't matter what clique you were in, Jacob got along with everyone. He had planned to attend college after leaving the military. During winters, Jacob hunted in the woods surrounding his home, and during summers, he would dive into a river with a spear and resurface with a fish. He was a straight-A student, but family members say they never saw him crack a book. From his childhood, he wanted to be a Marine. After joining USMC, Jacob deployed three times; Operation Secure Tomorrow in Port au Prince, Haiti, 2004, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Fallujah 2005, and Ramadi 2006. He was the first KIA sustained by 3/8 during the Ramadi 2006 deployment. He is survived by his parents, Albert and Mary, a younger sister, Amanda, and left behind many family and friends who have missed him deeply.

Burial Site:
Lackawaxen and Union Cemetery
Lackawaxen, Pike County
Pennsylvania, USA

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