Veterans, volunteers run to raise awareness Monday

For the second year in a row, the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation and Back On My Feet have teamed up to help homeless veterans get their lives headed in the right direction again.

Indianapolis

Twenty one Hoosier veterans, along with dozens of volunteers, kicked off what could be a life-changing program.  It all began with a brisk one mile run early Monday morning.
  
For the second year in a row, the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation and Back On My Feet have teamed up to help homeless veterans get their lives headed in the right direction again.
  
Many of the veterans have not run on a regular basis since they served our country and many of them are working to overcome obstacles like homelessness, unemployment, drug and alcohol addictions and post traumatic stress disorder.
  
The goal of the HVAF is to eliminate homelessness for veterans and families.
   
Back On My Feet shares the same goal, serving the homeless and other underserved populations.
   
Running comes in as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.
   
Marine Veteran Joe Kendrick said he is excited about running again, but is also looking forward to a new beginning in his life.
  
"One step at a time,” said Kendrick. “This program can help fellow veterans move back into society. I think this program is a gift from God."
  
The veterans will run three times a week, rain or shine for the next six to nine months.
  
Several veterans who went through the program last year have gotten jobs and are now living independently here in Indianapolis.

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