Kalaeloa 5K To Raise Funds For U.S. VETS

Wednesday - October 27, 2010
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Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club general manager Edgar Gum (left) presents clean linens to Darryl Vincent, U.S. VETS vice president of programs, to use at the Kalaeloa homeless shelter. Photo from state Rep. Kymberly Pine.

Starting with the gift of much-needed linens and a $500 check from Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club staff, the Kalaeloa-based U.S. VETS Hawaii launched a fundraising drive Oct. 6 to help the Islands’ homeless veterans.

The campaign will culminate at the annual Patriot Walk/Run Nov. 13 at The Waterfront at Puuloa in Ewa Beach, when a check from community donors will be presented to U.S. VETS clients.

To sign up for the sixth annual 5K walk/run, call 682-0111.

“More and more veterans are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan to a poor economy with no jobs,” said programs vice president Darryl Vincent. “We believe it is a crime to let any soldier go homeless after they sacrificed so much to serve their country.”

Residents may help by participating in the race, fundraising for the cause (via firstgiving.com/usvetsinc), sponsoring veterans’ race registration fees, or becoming a financial sponsor for the nonprofit.

U.S. VETS is part of a national organization that serves veterans who are homeless and recovering from addictions, mental health illnesses and lack of resources through housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support of them and their families.

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