Tuscaloosa residents walk on Wednesday for homeless veterans

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Dozens of people put on their walking shoes Wednesday morning in Tuscaloosa to help homeless veterans.

This year’s VA 2K Walk and Roll kicked off at 9 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. Organizers told CBS42 that they walk the 2 kilometer course around the medical center campus to promote health and well-being and to raise donations for homeless veterans.

Public Affairs officer Damon Stevenson says anything his staff and the community can do to help men and women who have served their country makes it worthwhile.

“Well our whole focus and purpose here at the Tuscaloosa VA is to help veterans any way we can,” Stevenson said. “So these events that we have like this are just another example of what we can do to help veterans with the support of the community.”

In addiction to the event itself, there was also a collection point for donations for homeless veterans.  The organization has expressed a need for: men’s shower shoes, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brushes, shampoo, soap and underwear.   Many veterans who are wheelchair bound also got to participate in the event.

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