VA2K Walk and Roll helps VA's homeless veterans program

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Staff Writer

Mild temperatures and clear skies welcomed participants in the 2017 VA2K Walk and Roll event held in the early afternoon Wednesday on the VA Hospital grounds.
“The event was very successful,” said Shelia Austin, public affairs officer for the West Texas VA Health Care System. “We had a large number of employees walk, and we also had veterans from the state veterans home — Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez State Veterans Home — come over. We had some veteran volunteers to help push them if they were in a wheelchair or assist them walking if they were walking with a cane. The weather cooperated and it was a great time.”
Besides encouraging an active lifestyle, walkers were welcomed to donate to the VA homeless veterans program by bringing new clothing, toiletries, pre-packaged food, bottled water, and household items.
“Our veterans homeless program will benefit from the VA2K,” Austin explained. “The program assists homeless veterans getting into public housing. It’s an intensive case management program. Once they are in a home, they will need things to start up in a new place like detergent, mops, a garbage pail. We have generous donors and service organizations that give these start up items.”
Austin added anyone in the public wishing to learn more or to donate to the program is encouraged to contact Akisha Williams, chief of voluntary services at 432-263-7361, ext. 4824.