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Veterans walk 56 miles to raise awareness

Aug 31, 2020 6:00 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a dozen veterans from the region took a 56-mile journey this weekend north on Route 9W from Kingston through Greene County to Albany, encouraging communities to walk a mile in their shoes. The event was organized by the Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration’s Vet2Vet of Ulster County program. The group was expected to reach the state Capitol in Albany at about 7 a.m. August 31. “If the community steps with us that would be one of the biggest supports,” Vet2Vet Program Manager Galvin Walters said. “We definitely want to promote that unity within the community. The support of the community will definitely help with the mission and purpose of what we’re doing.” The event is intended to raise awareness about the obstacles veterans face such as post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide and homelessness, as well as showcase programs such the Kayak Program, Warrior Writers, Financial Readiness Class and Veteran Peer Support Program. “Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed on behalf of our safety, security and American values,” U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado said. “I am honored to pay tribute to their service by helping to launch the Walk-A-Mile in My Shoes event. I thank everyone in our community for joining this effort to raise awareness in support of the health and wellness of our veterans.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.