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IRON MOUNTAIN — For the eighth year in a row, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center held their annual VA2K.
Bradley Nelson, Public Affairs Officer for the V.A. Medical Center, says, “It’s a nationwide event at all of our VA medical centers. And the purpose of it is to promote employee wellness. To get outside, and to exercise a little bit.”
Employees, veterans, and community members all took part in the 1.2 mile walk – where many contributed donations.
Though the 2k is a way to promote healthy living, it’s also away to contribute to homeless veterans in the U.P.
Nelson added, “Our homeless veteran program encompasses our whole geographic patient area – which includes all of the Upper Peninsula and 9 counties in Wisconsin.”
In Michigan, numbers of homeless veterans are decreasing – but it’s the VA’s goal to provide resources and to eliminate veteran homeless completely.
Ann Mattson, a VA Employee and 2k participant, explained, “Well it’s so important. Everybody deserves a home, especially or our veterans who fought so hard and worked for our country. They certainly deserve a home and to be taken care of.”
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