WEST LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and New Directions, Inc. are proud to partner again to announce the 2nd Annual Memorial Day Walk for Warriors on May 28, 2012. Walk for Warriors is a family-friendly 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk to help transitioning veterans in Los Angeles.
WHAT: 2nd Annual Memorial Day Walk for Warriors 5K
WHEN: Monday, May 28th, 2012 (run starts at 8 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m.)
WHERE: West Los Angeles Veterans’ Affairs Campus, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, L.A., CA 90073
WHY: To raise funds for New Directions’ comprehensive services for returning veterans
Walk for Warriors will help provide assistance for veterans through transitional housing, job training and placement, counseling, adult basic education classes and family reunification services. In addition to the race, Walk for Warriors will feature an Expo booth fair with food and local businesses as well as a performance by the award-winning New Directions Veterans Choir, a singing group comprised of formerly homeless veterans.
Participants can register, form a team and fund-raise by visiting www.walkforwarriors.org. Early registration is $ 35. Walk for Warriors is a partnership of New Directions, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing comprehensive services to veterans in Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
“The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce is always ready to step up and help those who have served our country and sacrificed for our Freedom,” said Chamber President Ron Adams. “I had so much fun last year. I was ecstatic when we partnered with New Directions again with hopes of helping more veterans.”
Last year, nearly 600 people took part in the Walk for Warriors run/walk. Teams got sponsors from California and all over the United States and beyond via www.walkforwarriors.org.
This year’s event will be hosted by KTTV Fox 11 news anchor and local philanthropist Christine Devine. Devine is the recipient of 16 Emmys, including the Academy’s prestigious Governor’s Award, and one award specifically for a story on injured and disfigured veterans.
“I’m thrilled to be participating in Walk for Warriors,” Devine said. “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.”
ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS, INC.
New Directions, a nonprofit transitional living program, has been helping the Los Angeles veteran community since 1992. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), there are more than 8,000 homeless veterans on any given night in Los Angeles. New Directions offers a wide variety of services including housing, substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement as well as family reunification and money management classes. For more information about New Directions, please visit www.ndvets.org.
SOURCE New Directions, Inc.