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Ann Arbor VA Hospital Helping Homeless Veterans Through 2K Walk

May 19, 2016

Ann Arbor's VA hospital held a 2K Walk and Roll to encourage healthy activity and show support for homeless veterans. 


A crowd of about one hundred participants cheered as the 2K got underway at the hospital.  Wearing light blue t-shirts, both young and old walked down Fuller Road.  Air Force and Navy veteran Rodney Gouine was homeless in 2005, so he knows just how important it is to bring attention to the issue.  

"I felt alone, that nobody cared or wanted anything to do with me."

As part of the 2K, participants donated toiletry items and socks.  Event organizers say that about 100 homeless veterans will benefit from the donations.  

Hospital director Dr. Eric Young believes that when the public sees people walking down the street supporting the veterans, they will stop and think about what they can do to help as well.  Every year, the Ann Arbor VA Hospital helps over 65,000 patients in about 19 different counties in Michigan and Northwest Ohio.

Similar walks were held across the country today to show support for homeless veterans.

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu