Menke to join Navy SEALs in Hudson River swim

A map of the Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim

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HUNTINGBURG — Ryan Menke, senior vice president at OFS in Huntingburg, is preparing to embark on the first-ever sanctioned swim across the Hudson River in New York City to raise awareness and money for veteran homelessness.

Along the route, a team of U.S. Navy SEALS will swim to the Statue of Liberty and then Ellis Island before arriving in Battery Park. At each stop, SEALs will perform pushups and pullups to honor America's liberties, diversity and those who have fought to preserve them.

Upon their arrival at Battery Park, the SEALs will run toward One World Trade Center and end their journey at America's Response Monument.

Menke nicknamed "Shark Bait" is the only civilian who will swim with the SEALs on Aug. 3.

Menke said in an OFS blog post: "The gravity of knowing other SEALs call this event 'an epic swim that they better train hard for” is at times overwhelming, but then that same pressure turns into motivation to be vulnerable; to train hard, and to do everything I can to raise as much awareness and money as possible for these selfless veterans.”

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