Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday joined forces with Boston Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo, knocking out some pushups to help veterans.
Healey and staff from her office have been participating in the “22 Pushup Challenge” since last month and partnered with The Arredondo Family Foundation to do pushups at the Leverett Saltsonstall Building, her office said in a statement.
“Staff from the AG’s Office have been participating in the challenge every morning since Oct. 11 to honor military service members and veterans and promote awareness around mental health challenges they may face,” the statement said.
Healey — an athlete who played professional basket- ball in Europe — easily completed the challenge, even pausing and using one hand to adjust her hair while pushing up on the other arm.
Arredondo lost his older son, Alex, a U.S. Marine, to the war in Iraq in 2004. His younger son later committed suicide. Arredondo became a national figure amid the chaos of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, when he aided a critically wounded Jeff Bauman.
The mission of the Arredondo Family Foundation is to empower military families in the prevention of military-related suicides and to provide support through education, financial relief and training that teaches how to identify the signs of suicide, the statement noted. ___
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