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“Great things do not happen because it’s your destiny. Your destiny happens because you do great things.” – Aaron Butler

Who we are…

The Aaron Butler Memorial Foundation is chartered to honor the fallen, engage communities throughout our Nation in meaningful social action events, and close the gap between the Nation’s populace and the warfighting minority. Founded by veterans who were shaped by war, the ABMF strives to continue Aaron’s legacy of tenaciously defending the oppressed.

What we do…

Social Action Events

ABMF Conducts a multitude of engaging events to lessen the knowledge gap between the community and our veterans. Our signature Purple Heart Run Series highlights the sacrifice of post 9/11 Gold Star families in communities throughout the country.

Youth Leadership Development

ABMF plans and executes developmental youth events that provide character development lessons to young athletes through interaction with distinguished military service members and first responders.

2020 ABMF Run Photo Gallery

2021 Aaron Butler Memorial Purple Heart Run

Ask yourself… WWABD – What Would Aaron Butler Do? Embrace the suck!

Who was SSG Aaron Butler?

Aaron was a Green Beret, a son, a brother, a friend, and a teammate. He was remarkably fearless, selfless, courageous, and relentless. In life, he was a source of strength to those around him, in death his legacy continues to serve as a source of inspiration for those who learn about his life.

Uniquely driven, Aaron was one of eight children in his family, he was a 4-time Utah State Champion wrestler, he was a mixed martial artist, and he was US Army Special Forces soldier. At 27 years old, Aaron Butler sacrificed his life for his country while fighting ISIS-K terrorists in Southern Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.