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5K Run in Renzie Will Benefit Veterans With PTSD, Related Illnesses

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
April 30, 2019
Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

The second-annual Vet Connect 5K will be held June 8 in Renziehausen Park, a spokesman said.

The five-kilometer run and one-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. Registration costs $25 for runners and walkers, and $15 for veterans, active-duty military and first-responders.

The run is dedicated to Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard of Lycoming County, a Marine Corps reservist who was attached to the Fourth Marine Logistics Group based in North Versailles Twp.

Howard was injured in 2010 by shrapnel while on patrol with his unit in Afghanistan and died of his wounds.

The walk is dedicated to the "McKeesport 23," the soldiers and marines from the McKeesport area who died during the Vietnam War.

Proceeds will benefit Operation Vet NOW. Based in White Oak, the tax-exempt organization raises money to support health care, including mental health care, for veterans who are living with combat-related stress and related conditions.

To register for the 5K, visit or send a check or money order to Operation Vet NOW Inc., 215 Sunset Drive, McKeesport, PA 15131.

For more information, call (412) 347-1767.

Originally published April 30, 2019.

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