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Annual 5K run helps isle vets


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POSTED: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

U.S. VETS-Hawaii, which provides housing for homeless veterans, will hold its Annual 5K Patriot Walk/Run on Saturday to raise funds for the program.

The event will begin with pre-race ceremonies at 7:45 a.m. at the Waterfront at Puuloa, formerly known as Iroquois Point Island Club, 5105 Iroquois Ave., Ewa Beach. The 3.1-mile walk/run starts at 8 a.m.

“;During the holidays, our veterans need us the most and we want to be there for them,”; Darryl Vincent, U.S. VETS Na-tional Programs director, said in a news release.

U.S. VETS, at Kalaeloa, provides affordable housing for Korean and Vietnam war veterans and also serves returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“;No Veteran Left Behind”; is the theme of the walk/run. Participants are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and carry flags in honor of a loved one who is serving in the armed forces or who is a veteran.

The entry fee is $20 for military and $25 for civilians. Go to www.usvetsinc.org or www.active.com to sign up and get information on packet pickups. Donations also can be sent to U.S. VETS, P.O. Box 75329, Kapolei, HI 96707.

For more information about U.S. VETS-Hawaii, call 682-0111.