Keiser University and “Do You Give a Ruck” recently teamed to hold a family “ruck” walk to support area veterans while commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 911.

Led by Linda Fitzpatrick, Keiser University’s Director of Strategic Alliance, the affair welcomed U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) who served as Honorary Road Captain of the occasion in which hundreds of veterans, community members, and first responders teamed to raise funds for the DDS4Vets service dog program and a scholarship for a Keiser University student veteran.

Headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida, “Do You Give a Ruck” includes supporters dedicated to making the lives of veterans better by raising public awareness and fundraising for organizations whose programs and activities support them. A common military exercise and a core capability required to complete many military missions, the military “ruck” march requires servicemen and women to step at a fast pace while carrying a heavy load.

Keiser University is a private, independent, non-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and two international sites. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to the doctoral level. Keiser University is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and was ranked No. 5 in the U.S. in Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Reports in 2022. Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a level VI institution. For more information, visit