WFAA and TEGNA Foundation award $20,000 community grant to Carry The Load


Carry The Load’s mission is to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day.

DALLAS — Carry The Load, a non-profit veterans services organization, has been awarded a $20,000 community grant, WFAA and the TEGNA Foundation announced Tuesday.

Carry The Load, based in Dallas, began in 2011 as an organization working to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day honoring our nation’s fallen servicemembers. The organization works year round to bring Americans together to honor military heroes. The group’s work includes a national relay march featuring five routes that culminate in the Dallas Memorial March at Reverchon Park on Memorial Day.

Carry The Load provides a Continuum of Care program working with businesses and charities to raise money for “services like: counseling, adaptive training, suicide prevention, equine therapy, service dogs, job placement, and more,” according to Carry The Load.

Carry The Load also has a scholarship program that provides tuition assistance to students with dreams of higher education. In 2023, Carry The Load awarded a scholarship to Mark Rule, the son of a deputy constable who was killed in the line of duty in 2020.

Carry The Load has received $180,000 in community grants from WFAA and the TEGNA Foundation since 2016. This year’s grant is one of 155 community grants awarded by the TEGNA Foundation and local stations in 37 TEGNA markets. Grant applications are vetted by a committee of employees at the local station and approved by the TEGNA Foundation Board of Directors.

This year, WFAA will broadcast “Carry The Load,” a half-hour special featuring the Dallas Memorial March and stories of service and honor on Memorial Day at 4 p.m.