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New Directions for Veterans, along with the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, will host their 3rd Annual Walk For Warriors 5K this Memorial Day, May 27. The run and walk will take place at the West Los Angeles VA Campus, north of Wilshire Blvd., with the start and finish line adjacent to the New Directions Veteran Opportunity Center (V.A. Building 116). The New Directions Veterans Choir, a group of formerly homeless veterans, will sing the National Anthem. The group has performed on “America's Got Talent” and has recently wrapped up its first national tour.
KTTV Fox 11 News anchor, winner of 16 Emmys and local philanthropist Christine Devine will return as master of ceremonies. "I'm thrilled to be participating in the Walk for Warriors,” she says. “With the unique set of challenges facing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this event will bring attention to the urgent need for supporting our vets as they transition home."
New Directions President and CEO Gregory C. Scott adds, “Whether you run or walk, this event is fun. And it’s important because you are joining in community with others to honor all those who have sacrificed for our freedoms, and those who are making sacrifices right now. At the same time, your support helps fund efforts to end veteran homelessness and educate our community about the value of hiring veterans.”
Captain Overton Spence of the U. S. Air Force will lead the morning warm ups. Captain Spence served at the United States Air Force Academy for three years as the strength and conditioning coach for the Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis and Swimming teams. The Air Force Academy serves as the Air Force's Center of Excellence for Combatives. The program trains over one thousand cadets a year and deploys in train the trainer efforts throughout the Air Force.
Walk for Warriors will feature music along the course and an Expo booth fair with food and local businesses. The first 1,000 to cross the finish line will receive a Nike drawstring goodie bag filled with products from Beverly Hills hairdresser to the stars, Nick Chavez. Prizes and registration details are on the event website www.walkforwarriors.org
Proceeds from Walk for Warriors benefit New Directions and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit www.walkforwarriors.org.