The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 15, 2014

Annual VA2K event to help homeless veterans

PALESTINE —

The Palestine Outpatient Veterans Affairs Clinic will host a VA2K Walk and Roll event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Palestine Mall.

The event, coinciding with events at other VA facilities in the area and across the country, encourages employees, veterans and the public to join in a fun, short walk to promote health but also support homeless veterans.

This is our fourth year doing this. It seems like every year gets a little bigger and different,” said Palestine Outpatient VA Clinic Nurse Manager Patricia Beckendorf, M.S.N., R.N. “We are going to have karaoke singing. Several home health groups will have information booths and we are going to have a few other booths too.”

Those who are interested in participating in the VA2K Walk and Roll can do the walk inside the mall concourse or outside the mall.

I have it mapped out — it's a few laps inside — and I have it mapped out on the outside as well,” Beckendorf said. “If you are in a wheelchair, someone can push you. You don't have to walk to participate, but it can be a lot of fun.”

There is no registration fee to participate in the VA2K Walk and Roll, but employees and others participating in the event are asked to donate an item for a homeless veteran such as new underwear, T-shirts and socks (in unopened packages), toiletry items (alcohol-free), phone cards or nonperishable single-serving food items.

Voluntary Service will be on hand to accept in-kind and cash donations to be used to help carry out existing VA programs for homeless veterans. However, there is no requirement for a donation in order to participate.

Last year, donations nationwide totaled more than $300,000 with more than 25,000 participants at 170 VA facilities.

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