Stay in shape while raising funds for veterans


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Last year's inaugural IXF CrossFit Warrior's Hope fund-raising event raised $800 for the organziation, which helps veterans and active duty military personnel deal with mental and physical trauma when returning to civilian life. Submitted photos.


Last year's inaugural IXF CrossFit Warrior's Hope fund-raising event raised $800 for the organziation, which helps veterans and active duty military personnel deal with mental and physical trauma when returning to civilian life. Submitted photos.


As a former marine, Vernon Garard recognizes the connection between perspiration and purpose.

Currently employed as an Indianapolis firefighter, Garard also owns and operates IXF CrossFit, a personal training facility in downtown Greenwood.

On Saturday, IXF CrossFit will host the second annual Warrior’s Hope fundraising fitness event, which merges Garard’s interest in both physical fitness and taking care of men and women who serve in the armed forces.

Proceeds go to Warrior’s Hope Inc. in Greenwood.

Founded in 2005 by ex-Marine Loren Minnix, Warrior’s Hope assists veterans and active duty personnel in finding ways to deal with disturbing combat-related memories and other problems after returning to a civilian environment.

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