VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Legion will hold a Walk for Veterans though Virginia Beach March 12. Leading the Walk will be American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett and Department (state) Commander James Chapman.
“The purpose of this Walk is to raise public awareness about the crucial issues facing America’s veterans and their families,” said Department Commander Chapman. “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 4:30 p.m. on March 12, 2016. The length of the walk is 1 mile and will start at Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 behind the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center on the beach with a half-mile turnaround ending at the starting location.
Some 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 is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 18 and under and will include a t-shirt for the first 100 people who register.
About The American Legion
The nation’s largest wartime veterans organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation. www.Legion.org