Across the country, more than 23,000 VA employees, Veterans and community members walked to promote healthy lifestyles and to help homeless Veterans as part of the 2017 VA 2K Walk & Roll event.
The ladies with the banner above lead a group in Birmingham, Ala.
Participants in the event made voluntary donations in the form of items such as canned food, bottled water, toiletries, etc., that are distributed to homeless Veterans. These donations had an estimated value of $291,305.
Two million in donations since 2011
Since 2011 the VA2K Walk & Roll event has generated an estimated $2 million worth of in-kind donations to help homeless Veterans.
The event is held each year in conjunction with national Employee Health Day.
“Walking or rolling are fantastic ways to re-energize both the body and the mind. They benefit the body and are positive ways to manage stress,” said Sandra Schmunk, program manager for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Employee Health & Well-Being program which sponsors the VA2K.
Schmunk noted that a 1.2-mile walk or roll in a wheelchair can be done over a lunch break.
This year’s VA2K Walk & Roll event included participation by all VA agencies including; VA Central Office, VHA, Veterans Benefit Administration and the National Cemetery Administration.
The event was held in May at 200 VA locations across the country.