Marion VA Brings in Donations with VA 2k Walk and Roll

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MARION, Ill. — The Marion VA Medical Center took part in the 8th annual VA 2K Walk and Roll, which promotes fitness and encourages donations for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Organizer Sieger Giroux says, “The main thing is that its a homeless food drive, clothing and whatever other essentials they may need. We need that type of stuff to try and benefit any veterans that may be homeless, or just have financial need and maybe need some help.”

The nation-wide event also serves to promote fitness for veterans, VA staff and community members. This includes the 2K walk, as well as, yoga and tai chi demonstrations.

Organizers say, this year, they focused on adding more veteran service organizations like Team RWB, which helps veterans connect to their community through physical and social activity

Team RWB Volunteer and Veteran Ethan Blumhurts says, “We make sure to try and get them out and about enjoying life together with friends and continue to build different networks.”

However Blumhurts says, at the Walk and Roll event, veterans are just happy to have community members out talking and walking with them.

Organizers are already planning for next year’s event, which they hope to make and better.