8th Annual VA Walk and Roll for homeless veterans

TOPEKA, Kan . (WIBW) -- Topeka Veterans and VA employees walked and rolled to raise awareness for homeless Veterans Wednesday.

The 8th annual Walk and Roll VA 2K took participants around a two-kilometer (1.24 mile) course around Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center.

Employees made toiletry, food, water and cleaning product donations to help the homeless get back on their feet.

Organizers offered a food truck, a free yoga class and even invited active-duty First Army Combat Brigade soldiers from Fort Riley to help wheelchair bound Veterans around the route.

"It helps raise awareness," said Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Coordinator, Bri Frits. "It's a big event so we get a lot of energy, we get a lot of attention that way and also it helps with our wellness campaign. We're always trying to boost employee wellness and activity and things like that."

Veterans participating said interacting with Fort Riley soldiers made them feel like they were part of a team again.