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The American Legion Walk for Veterans Coming to Central FL

007_121315-California Walk for Veterans-0128_gallery_0DUNEDIN, Fl – The American Legion will hold a Walk for Veterans here on Saturday, March 26. Leading the Walk will be American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett and Department of Florida Commander Jim Ramos.

“The purpose of this Walk is to raise public awareness about the crucial issues facing America’s veterans and their families,” said Department Commander Ramos. “An estimated 22 veterans a day commit suicide. Traumatic brain injuries have become a signature wound of the Global War on Terrorism and up to 20 percent of the men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are believed to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans still have difficulty receiving health care in a timely manner and many have been waiting years to have their disability claims resolved. We owe it to those who served our country to never forget their sacrifice and devotion. We are walking for those who marched for us.”

The Walk will begin at 8 am and is open to all participants. The length of the walk is 2 miles and will start at American Legion Post 275, 360 Wilson Street, Dunedin. It will end at Purple Heart Park.

All of the proceeds will benefit The American Legion National Emergency Fund, which has provided more than $8 million of assistance to American Legion Family members and posts that have been impacted by natural disasters in communities across the country since 1969.

The registration fee for the walk is $15.00 and will include a t-shirt, bottled water and breakfast at the post following the walk.

For more information about The American Legion Walk for Veterans call (727) 733-8153.

 

The American Legion Media Contacts:             

Dennis Boland, National Executive Committee Member, Florida
Ph: (239) 641-1224 /paratrooper@embarqmail.com

To arrange an interview with the National Commander, please call John Raughter, (317) 441-8847 /  jraughter@legion.org

 

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