5K around WWI Memorial brings awareness to veteran issues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The World War One Memorial can make the perfect backdrop for charity event for veterans.

Several organization held a 5k run around the memorial recently to raise awareness for the struggle veterans have when they retire from the military.

"This helps give them a sense of purpose, and that sense of purpose is part of what helps them through those struggles," said David Strange, a retired Army Ranger Veteran.

"We can get together as a community and for me personally it’s a place where I can come and meet people," said Chelsea Barto, an Armey Veteran.

The organizations that are involved include Team Rubicon, Team Red White and Blue, The Mission Continues, The Wounded Warrior Project and more.

Many who participated said the WWI Memorial represents their military heritage.

"Ever since I was a little kid, it’s always inspired me, it’s a symbol of hope. it’s a symbol of peace," said Will Train, a Navy Veteran.

Jason Silvers contributed some portions of the video in the player above.

 

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