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5k run to help homeless vets

November 3, 2011

Howard County Road Kill running club will be taking on Scenic Mountain and encouraging other residents to accompany them in support of raising awareness about area homeless veterans.

The club, which was founded in 2009, is hosting a 5k walk/run at Big Spring State Park at 9 a.m. Nov. 19. Funds raised through the effort will be used to support veterans through the VA Medical Center and the Disabled American Veterans in Big Spring, according to Otis Franklin, club member. The support will come through help for shelter, food, clothing, employment and dependency treatment.

“I hope it brings awareness to the people of Howard County that we do have veterans who sleep in the cold at night,” Franklin said. “There are those who wonder where their next meal is coming from and wonder why they are forgotten.

“Many times, these people don't make a choice to do this, but they have some sort of problem such as post traumatic stress disorder or other disability that caused problems in their lives.”

Registration for the walk/run is set for 8 a.m. and will require an entry fee of $20 per person. Registration can also be made online at http://www.hcrk.us. There will be three awards given in the male and female divisions.

“I am always touched by the veterans I come in contact with and it breaks my heart to see us as a nation treat the older veterans with disregard when they fall on hard times,” Franklin said. “They served our country and we should recognize them for it and take care of them.”
Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Franklin said the U.S. Army is supporting the event and will be offering support.

“These people have sacrificed quite a bit for our freedom, let's return a little of the love to them,” Franklin said.

To find out more information, contact Franklin at 432-394-4244 or email him at odis@coahoma.esc18.net. More information can also be found on the website, www.hcrk.us.

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