Welcome to the 5th Annual


Challenge 22 is a community tribute to our troops, raising money and awareness to help eliminate suicide due to PTS.

2020 Goal = $100,000!

We need YOU at CHALLENGE 22!

We need you!  Everyone can help make Challenge 22 a success and help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 to eliminate veteran suicide due to PTS. 
Individuals, families, businesses, community and civic groups are needed as walkers, sponsors, service providers, or donors/volunteers.
There are four ways you may get involved and support this very important cause and save lives!


A free community event with purpose!

The American Legion Post 63 in Winter Garden is once again partnering to raise money and community awareness of the 22 veteran and active duty suicides happening per day due to PTS.  The Challenge 22 event is just one of the vehicles used to create awareness and raise money for this important cause.

Take a stroll through the 2018 Challenge 22 event in this compilation video to learn more.

Challenge 22 is a free, family-friendly event with great activities for everyone!


Patriotic activities include:


  • Traditional military ceremony

  • Presentation of Colors

  • Flag folding ceremony

  • Musical tributes to the armed forces

  • 2.2 Mile Ruck Walk

  • Patriot Guard Riders Vietnam and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) walls will be on display at the event.

Additional Challenge 22 Event Activities include:


  • Beer for sale and Food Vendors on site

  • Live entertainment

  • Silent auction

  • Service provider booths for all active and retired military personnel and first responders

Enjoy a great day of patriotism, community, education and fun!


Sponsorships & Donations

We want to partner with you to make Challenge 22 a smashing success and help you promote your organization to over 1,000 event visitors and participants.  Sponsorships are available from $50, giving every organization an opportunity to support veterans suffering from PTS and prevent suicide.

We are collecting in-kind donations for the silent auction!  We appreciation in-kind donations including art, gift certificates, concert tickets, sporting event and theme-park tickets, baskets, handmade items, and military-themed items, as examples.  Thank you for your generous support!

Division Donor


Brigade Donor


Regiment Donor


Battalion Donor


Other Donor


Other Donor


Other Donor


Other Donor


Sponsor Information

If you would like more information about becoming a sponsor, please download the forms or call Commander Kurt Gies at 407-701-9416.

To donate silent auction items, please call 407-656-6361.

All donations are appreciated to help us reach our goal of $100,000!  As a qualified 501(c)(19) organization with 100% of our membership as war veterans, donations to American Legion Post 63 are tax-deductible.  Our federal tax ID number is 59-6200719.


It's our turn to serve our neighbors who deserve renewal and hope.

When you support Challenge 22, you are helping veterans and first responders in a very personal way.  The money raised will be distributed to organizations that provide help and hope to our fellow Americans, including our partners highlighted here.

PROJECT VetRelief provides assistance to active duty, our veterans, and their families in the form of funds (Emergency Assistance), experience (Benefits Support) and encouragement (Community).

K9-Line trains the canine together with the veteran over the course of 6-8 weeks to meet the specific needs of that veteran.  This program is offered at no cost to the veteran and is available to both military and contracted civilian security veterans.

Register for the Ruck Walk!

Support Challenge 22 by walking with the soldiers!

The Ruck Walk is 2.2 mile walk.  Everyone is encouraged to participate!

All walkers, rollers and riders are welcome to join the free Ruck Walk.  Active and retired military are encouraged to wear their ruck sacks as they walk, but carrying a sack is not necessary.  Ruck sacks will also be available for purchase at the event, for those that desire to "walk in their shoes."
We are now also offering the opportunity to participate "Virtually" from you own locations/home.  Once you register by clicking the link below, you will get instructions on how to share your "Virtual" experience with us, so that we can broadcast your photos and videos on our Big screen TVs at the event.  Don't let a couple1000 miles separate you from this amazing experience to "End Veteran Suicide".
Individuals, groups, and teams may register for the Ruck Walk through the link here.

What is a "Ruck Walk?"

The roots of rucking lie deep in the military, where long hikes with heavily loaded backpacks are the norm.  Timed ruck marches prepare soldiers to move themselves and their essential gear for long distances quickly.

The typical ruck sack weighs 50-55 pounds and includes tools, food, water, clothing, and basic essential for one soldier.  

Army Boots

JROTC:  Walk to Win!

American Legion Post 63 is proud to encourage and mentor our future leaders!  JROTC units are encouraged to participate in Challenge 22, and have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes for the highest participation percentage from registrants.  Download the invitation for more information about this program
JRTOC Award Schedule:
1st Place:  $750
2nd Place:  $500
3rd Place:  $250

Help spread the word about Challenge 22!

We need your help promoting Challenge 22 on TV, radio, and online so that we may reach our big goal of $100,000 to help Veterans with PTS.  If you are able to offer a promotion opportunity, please call 407-656-6361.   Thank you for your support!

Special thanks to Dickerman at WJRR for the on-air radio promotion of Challenge 22!

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"Good Day Orlando" Segment 2018

  • David Martin, FOX35

  • Commander Kurt Gies; American Legion Post 63



Community Resources & Service Providers

Challenge 22 will include community partners who are dedicated to providing a wide variety of services to active and retired military and first responders.  Professional services and help available include:

PTS Counseling

Medical Assistance

Housing & Employment Assistance

K-9 Partner Assistance

Spouse & Family Support

Networking & Companionship

Mentoring & Training

Special Retreats


Service Provider Booths

Service Provider booths are limited to 10 spaces, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please review the booth requirements for service providers.

If you would like to be come a service provider at Challenge 22, please complete the form here or call 407-656-6361.

Thank you for your interest!