A man wearing a "Veterans" cap takes a photo of two people participating in the first annual DAV 5K.
Hide Caption
First annual Disabled American Veterans 5K event held in downtown Cincinnati on Nov. 9, 2010.
Hide Caption

Disabled American Veterans 5K honors heroes in need

a a a a
Share this story

CINCINNATI -- Runners, walkers and people who wanted to say "thank you" gathered downtown Saturday for a first of its kind event designed to empower the men and women who’ve served their country.

A motorcycle ride kicked off the inaugural Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 5K, which began at Sawyer Point on Pete Rose Way and went through a 3.1-mile stretch of downtown Cincinnati.

The event's namesake, Disabled American Veterans, is a nonprofit organization that wants to use the run/walk event to both honor the nation’s veterans and raise awareness for veterans’ issues and programs. Based out of the Tri-State, DAV helps more than 300,000 veterans nationwide receive services and benefits every year.

Event organizers focused this year's event on both physical and mental help for service members coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"By doing four, five six tours, that takes a toll, psychologically, mentally, emotionally," said Bobby Barrera, who served in Vietnam. "That's one focus we have is getting the medical treatment, the psychological treatment that is required, that becomes a priority for us at this time."

Recent estimates show that there are more than 26 million veterans nationwide but only about 8 million of them utilize services offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

While the DVA wants to focus on the needs of veterans across the country, the need to aid local veterans is key issue for the group.

According to information from the Strategies to End Homelessness, while only 3.1 percent of adults in Hamilton County are veterans, 13 percent of homeless adults are veterans.

You can find out more information about the organization and show your support for our troops at the following link: 

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Local News
Man arrested in NKY peeping, burglaries
Man arrested in NKY peeping, burglaries

A man was arrested Friday in connection with two burglaries earlier this week involving a stranger who entered the bedrooms of women while…

DJ's '2 Cents' VIDEO: Your identity matters
DJ's '2 Cents' VIDEO: Your identity matters

If you want to pick up tickets left for you by a player at a stadium, you most show a photo ID at will call. Same if you want to cash a…

Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1
Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1

Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17…

Phillips exits Reds' game because of back spasms
Phillips exits Reds' game because of back spasms

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs because of back spasms.

Sheriff on heroin outbreak: We are under attack
Sheriff on heroin outbreak: We are under attack

“We are under attack.” That was a statement by Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn Friday in a plea for urgency to combat the…

Campus sexual assault: Xavier aims at redemption
Campus sexual assault: Xavier aims at redemption

This time of year, high school seniors are deciding where to go to college. For many young women and their parents, the issue of campus…

Reds' Chapman cleared to throw batting practice
Reds' Chapman cleared to throw batting practice

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face…

U.S. seizes woman's tax refund to pay dad's debt
U.S. seizes woman's tax refund to pay dad's debt

The Treasury Dept. has seized thousands of refunds to recover government overpayments - mainly in Social Security benefits -  from…

Meal Madness Flavor 4: Vote for best restaurant
Meal Madness Flavor 4: Vote for best restaurant

Vote for the best restaurant in the Tri-State out of the 4 eateries left!

Rash of vehicle thefts in Butler County
Rash of vehicle thefts in Butler County

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating nine recent reports of vehicle thefts in Hanover Township.