Wis. (Veterans Affairs Medical Center Public Affairs Office) —
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Tomah will
recognize the service of the newest veterans — those who have served
in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom — at a
Welcome Home Celebration Saturday, Oct. 11.
of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
are invited to join other veterans and the community in the first
"Heroes’ Freedom Run." The 5K run will be free to all
one-mile run/walk/roll also is planned and is free. The route will
circle the main VA buildings.
begins at 8 a.m., with the 5K cross-country run at 9 a.m. and the
one-mile fun run/walk/roll will start at 10 a.m. The public is welcome
to participate in all the events.
event also will include the live music of "Wigglestick,"
"Annie B," and "Squarewave." Adaptive sports
equipment will be on display.
attending who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq will have their
names entered into a special drawing for two prizes donated especially
for this event: an electric guitar from Dave’s Guitar in La Crosse
(and six free lessons from Guitars for Vets), and a Nintendo Wii game.
community is invited to help welcome these veterans home by joining
the "Heroes’ Freedom Run" that morning. Wear your red,
white and blue; and bring your flags and signs of welcome and line the
5K course to cheer servicemembers on as they participate in the run.
are asked to register by Friday, Sept. 26 so appropriate plans can be
made for the day to secure free T-shirts. Registrations will be
accepted through Friday, Oct. 3, as space permits. When registering,
runners should provide their name, address, phone number, how many
will be attending (adults and children), and if they are a veteran of
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Operation Iraqi Freedom
can be done by one of these methods: Call: (608) 372-1727 (or for more
information); E-Mail: Laura.Bishop@va.gov
or by mail: Heroes’ Freedom Run c/o Voluntary Services (135) VA
Medical Center 500 East Veterans St., Tomah, WI 54660.