By Frank Lewis
It was a little cool, but sometimes that is better for a long walk. Some found out Saturday morning, as they stepped off for the All Gave Some, Some Gave All River Walk 5K walk at the Russell D. Williams Post of the American Legion, 950 Gallia Street in Portsmouth.
The event was sponsored by the American Legion of Ohio Auxiliary, and, according to Betty Taylor of ALA District 7, Martha Setlock, president of the Ohio ALA, there is a specific cause which she is involved in.
“She is helping Ohio veterans with emphasis on homeless women and we are donating the money through Volunteers of America (VOA),” Taylor said.
Walkers walked down Gallia Street and down Offnere Street to the Ohio River area. They walked the river road and at the end of the Portsmouth murals, turned up under the U.S. Grant Bridge adjacent to Shawnee State University, and back up Gay Street to the Legion post.
ALA District 7 Jr. President Sierra Bradley’s project to help homeless veterans in Ohio said backpacks with items to go in the backpacks are being gathered up to give to homeless veterans on the street.
Most homeless veterans, 96 percent, are single males from poor, disadvantaged communities. Homeless veterans have served in World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America.
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