While my official GORUCK Tough patch is the one I’m most proud of, and I have several other patches I love, it is this one that is my favorite and who’s spirit and symbolism means the most to me.
It was a gift from a close friend. Vetus bellator means “Old warrior” in Latin. The GRT > 40 reminds me that I did one of the toughest physical challenges of my life well past what many would consider a prime age. The spearhead has long been used as an infantry/calvary symbol — a reminder to me to always jump in to help whomever and however I can.
All of these things speak to me deeply.