VA Palo Alto Health Care System
VA Palo Alto Hosts 9th Annual VA2K Walk to Support Homeless Veterans
May 10, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kim Betton, (650) 285-7487, Kim.Betton@va.gov
Palo Alto, Calif., May 10, 2019 – The 9th annual VA2K Walk & Roll takes place on May 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. (PST), at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s (VAPAHCS) Menlo Park Division located at 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025. Employees, Veterans, their families, community-wide residents and organizations will participate in the short two-kilometer (2K) trek around the VA Menlo Park campus in support of homeless Veterans and their families.
“This VA2K Walk & Roll elevates awareness to reach out and make a difference,” said Army Veteran and VAPAHCS Director Thomas J. Fitzgerald III. “We are grateful for this event that helps to bridge communities and save lives.”
VAPAHCS’ Homeless Veterans Program provides an array of quality services that include emergency and transitional housing, medical and mental health treatment, employment training, peer support and recreational therapy. According to the latest data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, of Economics and Statistics, 12,096 homeless Veterans live in the State of California and 49,865 across the nation. In the 10 counties served by VAPAHCS, the latest count shows more than 1,400 homeless Veterans, a 43 percent decrease since major efforts put forth by the medical center began in 2009.
The VA2K is free, and it is suggested that participants arrive at the Menlo Park Welcome Center (near the entrance of the campus) at least 15 minutes prior to the start. During the event, attendees can make voluntary donations to the Homeless Veterans Program – items such as new clothing, toiletries, pre-packaged food and bottled water will be accepted. The donations are not required to participate.
Last year’s VA2K Walk & Roll event was a big success with more than 23,740 VA employees, Veterans and community members participating at 180 VA locations across the country. Overall since 2011, the VA2K has generated donated items valued at more than $2.4 million to help homeless Veterans. Find out more about VA2K by visiting the website.
About VA Palo Alto Health Care System
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, Calif. Also, there are seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, Sonora and Fremont, Calif. These nationally-recognized facilities provide award-winning medical care and cutting-edge technology. Along with its academic affiliate at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the more than 6,200 staff and volunteers operate nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, showing its more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans that they are “Serving those who Served.” Visit us on the web at www.paloalto.va.gov. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.