Brendan's Story

Brendan O’Toole served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-20012.  During his time in the military, O’Toole completed two successful deployments.  His first tour was in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2011, O’Toole was deployed to Afghanistan with Marine Air Support Squadron 1. Upon arrival, he was assigned to Regimental Combat team 6. Stationed in the western part of the Helmand Province, outside the city of Delaram, O’Toole was responsible for all ground communication efforts of the Direct Air Support Center’s area of operation.

In June 2012, Brendan completed his active duty military service at the rank of Sergeant. On November 11, 2012 USMC veteran Sergeant Brendan O’Toole, along with a small support staff, set out on a 3,600 mile run across the United States of America in honor of the selfless men and woman who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The Run for Veterans organization was built completely grass roots by 4 best friends and their local community with a goal to raise awareness about a national issue.  Starting in Oceanside, California, O’Toole averaged 15 miles a day taking him through hundreds of small towns and major cities across the country.  365 days later Brendan completed his run in New York City.