Walk raises awareness of homeless vets and helps those leaving VA care

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Veterans and their families walked and rolled their way through Topeka's Veteran hospital Wednesday afternoon.

The 9th annual VA2K encourages Colmery-O'Neil employees to get active while raising awareness for homeless veterans. Walkers were also encouraged to donate basic living essentials for veterans to use once they leave VA assistance and move into their permanent homes.

The VA says it's important to remind Vets they're never too old to enroll in the health care system.

"Just yesterday we were notified there was a 104-year-old female veteran, World War II veteran, who enrolled for the first time in VA health care," said Justin Peters, the Assistant Medical Center Director. "Ultimately a lot of veterans who are eligible for VA health care, they don't enroll, a lot of times because they don't know they're eligible."

Over the past nine years, the walk has raised almost $2.5 million in donations.