(Photo courtesy Operation Vet NOW, via Facebook.)
A five-kilometer run and one-mile walk in Renziehausen Park this weekend will raise money for veterans suffering from combat stress, traumatic brain injuries and other ailments.
The event, called "Vet Connect," begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday near the tennis courts and is being sponsored by a charity based in White Oak called Operation Vet NOW Inc. The entry fee is $25.
The walk is dedicated to the so-called "McKeesport 23" -- the McKeesport-area soldiers who were killed during the Vietnam War --- and the 5K run is dedicated to Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard, 21, of Willliamsport, a Marine who was killed in July 2010 in Afghanistan.
Howard was a member of the Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, attached to the Marine Corps Reserve Center in North Versailles Twp.
A group of Marines from his unit will run in the event, Aubrey said in an email. In addition, members of the Air Force Junior ROTC at McKeesport Area High School are scheduled to present the colors on Saturday morning.
Founded in 2017, Operation Vet NOW is led by Cheryl Aubrey, president and CEO. "NOW" is an acronym standing for "Needs," "Opportunities" and "Wellness," according to the group's website.
During the event, which is scheduled to continue until 11 a.m., Operation Vet NOW also will be collecting items for homeless veterans in need, Aubrey said. Items being collected include non-perishable food items, gloves, lip balm, hand warmers, winter hats, warm socks, deodorant, winter coats and scarves.
For more information, call (412) 347-1767.
Originally published October 11, 2018.