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VA-2K Walk and Roll Raises Awareness and Helps Homeless Veterans

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The VA-2K Walk and Roll is held every year at the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center to raise awareness about homeless veterans.

This was the 4th annual VA-2K, which is held at VA Medical Centers all around the country.

The event raises awareness about homeless veterans, which Homeless Program Manager Amber Brunetti said is a problem in West Virginia, but the VA is working to help.

"We do have a large homeless population in West Virginia. We have multiple programs to help veterans that are homeless. We have veteran's dormitories within multiple homeless shelters. We also have a program called HUD VASH, or VA Supportive Housing,” explained Brunetti.

Brunetti said those programs can make a big difference in lowering the number of homeless veterans.

"When a veteran comes into one of our housing programs they will work with a VA social worker and they also have a case manager who is inside the homeless shelter. We work on housing goals, employment goals, and medical goals. The main goal is to get them stabile housing,” Brunetti explained.

During the VA 2K, participants walked around the track and donated items to help fill 'welcome home baskets.' Brunetti said those baskets can help the veterans financially, because they supply items veterans would have to buy otherwise.

"This year we started the welcome home baskets. We take items like trash bags, garbage cans, bathroom baskets, just little things that veterans moving into apartments don't have to worry about buying,” said Brunetti.

Donations are accepted year round at the VA.

If you are interested in donating, items can be dropped off at the front desk.