Dan Flaugh was a SPC E4, Calvary Scout in the United States Army and served his country on the front line as a Re-Con Scout of Bush's Surge on Baghdad, Iraq. Dan was honorably discharged from the Army in 2008. In December 2011, after struggling with PTSD and depression, Dan took his own life.
The Flaughless 5K was started by Dan's friends and family in 2012 as a memorial to Dan and a tribute to all soldiers struggling with the mental and physical damages of war. The proceeds from the Flaughless 5K benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
For wounded warriors returning from active duty around the world, the most difficult part of homecoming is adapting to the daily challenges of everyday life. The Wounded Warrior Project® was established to provide tangible, practical support for the wounded – helping them to heal both physically and mentally.
If you are unable to participate in A Flaughless 5K but wish to donate directly to the Wounded Warrior Project, please click here.
For additional ways to help, please visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
Dan was born February 21, 1986 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton to James and Kathryn (Whitson) Flaugh and graduated from Washington High School in Vinton in 2004.
He was a SPC E4, Calvary Scout in the United States Army. He went to Boot Camp in August 2005 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Dan served his country on the front line as a Re-Con Scout of Bush's Surge on Baghdad, Iraq. Dan was a proud soldier and always carried candy in his pocket for the Iraqi children.
Dan was honorably discharged from the Army on November of 2008. Upon returning home, Dan enrolled and attended a Commercial Scuba Diving School in Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from Kirkwood Community College with a degree in Conservation Wildlife. He was currently employed by Parker Hannifin Corp. of Hiawatha. Dan was loved by all he met. His laugh and smile will forever brighten the lives he touched.
Dan is survived by his parents, James and Kathy Flaugh of Vinton; his brother and sister-in-law, Ryan and Kris Flaugh and their children, Cade, Nic, and Sydnee; Grammy Hazel Whitson and Grandma Violet Flaugh; his aunts and uncles, John (Mary) Buhr of Garrison, and Dave (Diana) Whitson of Vinton; his cousins, Susie (Alan) Henkle, Stacie Buhr, Stephanie (Mike) VantSant, Jenny Whitson, Jamie (Kevin) Timmerman, and Jeffrey Whitson; and eight second cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandpas, Don Whitson and Clyde Flaugh.
"When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little-but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me-but let me go
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me but let me go."
Thank you to Justin Scott, of JScott Images, for donating his time and talent with these photos. To see the full gallery from the first Flaughless 5K and to order prints, please click here. www.jscottimages.com
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2nd Annual Flaughless 5K | 10 am
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Riverside Park in Vinton, Iowa. Registration at 9 am, race begins at 10 am.
Parking around Riverside Park is limited and we recommend finding a spot along the residential side streets.
Check-In and Registration | 9 am
Participants will collect their race packets and t-shirts from the check-in/registration table outside the round shelter at Riverside Park (or inside the shelter if there is inclement weather) across the street from Virginia Gay Hospital.
Opening Ceremony | 9:45 am
There will be a short opening ceremony near the new fountain in front of Virginia Gay Hospital at approximately 9:45.
Awards | 11 am
Following the race, at approximately 11 am, there will be an awards ceremony with customized military-style dog tags handed out to men and women for first, second, and third place in all age categories.
We'll need lots of volunteers before, during and after the race. If you're interested in helping, click here to register as a volunteer.
A Flaughless 5K will go on rain or shine.
Run Route (in purple) 3.0 miles Walk route (follow running route, then splits at 8th street and continues to 8th Ave where it meets back up with run route) 2.4 miles