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Bob Kerrey makes announcement on Big Red Challenge

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By: Brittany Paris

Former Nebraska Senator and Governor, Bob Kerrey, is supporting a cause he knows well.

"I'm very proud to announce that I'm going to be an honorary chairman of the Men's Health Big Red Challenge," Kerry said.

Serving as a Navy SEAL in the Vietnam War, Kerry lost the lower part of his leg.

"In many ways it was a gift," he said. "It allows me to see suffering in others."

So to help fellow veterans, he's teaming up with the Big Red Challenge.

It's a mud run, color run and obstacle course all in one. Proceeds are going toward a fellowship program that organizers say will help wounded warriors succeed.

"We want to help these young men and women. We want to help their families. We want them to prosper, do well. We think a little bit of love and a little bit of assistance can go an awful long way," Kerrey said.

The fellowship would pay for tuition to UNL, books and housing.

The challenge, sponsored by Men's Health, is April 26, 2014. You have the option of running a 5k or a 10k. There are competitive and non-competitive divisions, and even a kid run.

And if the challenge isn't for you, they're still looking for volunteers.

Organizers say they want the course to take place on UNL's campus, but they're still waiting on approval.

Kerrey says he encourages everyone to come out and help. And you might even see him on the race track.

"I've asked Chuck Hagel to come back. I'm not sure he's going to make it, but I'm going to run in it. We're not fast, but we are fast friends and we care deeply about saying to these men, 'We're not just red in Nebraska. We're red, white and blue,'" Kerrey said.

You still have time to sign up for the challenge. Just fill out the form here.

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