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American Legion Post 82 Walk for Veterans is August 15, 2018

The American Legion Post 82 will hold its third Walk for Veterans in Shelby, NC on August 15 in connection with 92nd American Legion World Series.
Leading the Walk will be American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan, NC Department Commander Evan Thompson and Kevin Allen, Post 82 walk organizer.
"The purpose of this walk is to raise public awareness about the crucial issues facing America's veterans and their families," said National Commander Rohan.
According to the Veterans Administration an estimated 20 veterans a day commit suicide.
Allen pointed out that "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".
The American Legion has always believed in a strong VA health care system, one that is worth preserving. NC American Legion Commander Thompson stated "We owe it to those who served our country to never forget the sacrifice and devotion of veterans and their families. We are walking for those who have marched for freedom. Many are no longer able to do so for themselves."
Evan Thompson, the newly elected State Commander of North Carolina American Legion, and member of Post 82 stated "We are excited to host the walk and raise awareness regarding veterans' issues in North Carolina and across the nation,"
The Walk will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The length of the walk is approximately 1/2 mile and will start on the south side of the Earl Scruggs center and will go to the Don Gibson Theater and back. Proceeds will benefit the Post 82 Veterans Relief fund and its capital campaign fund. The registration fee is $15.00, which includes a newly designed Walk for Veterans T-shirt.
For more information about The American Legion Walk for Veterans, or to register please contact Kevin Allen at 704-482-8524, kkallen99@yahoo.com . Any veteran or member of the public is welcome to join in this awareness walk.
Submitted by Kevin Allen

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