*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO AN UNDETERMINED DATE*
The Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) today announced the second annual Women Veterans 5K Run/Walk will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12 in downtown Lansing. Participation in the Run/Walk is open to all women veterans as well as their friends, families and supporters.
“The mission of this event is to recognize, strengthen and empower ties to Michigan’s women veterans,” said Cheryl Bergman, Director of the MWC. “These women have sacrificed and served their country well, and this is one small way of recognizing their contributions to Michigan and the nation.”
The cost to participate is $22 which includes an official event T-shirt and medal. The run will begin and end outside the State Capitol Building. Race packet pick up is from 4:30 – 7 p.m. on the Capitol Lawn under the tent. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the run/walk beginning promptly at 7 p.m. The registration deadline to guarantee an event shirt is May 22.
In addition to the Run/Walk, the MWC and MVAA will hold a mini expo on the Capital Lawn during and after the run, featuring resources and products of interest to women veterans. A Veterans Service Officer will also be on hand to answer veteran benefit related questions.
The Run/Walk and mini expo are part of Michigan’s Women Veteran’s Recognition Day events. Also included on Friday, June 12 is the launch of the MVAA’s “She Is a Veteran” campaign which recognizes women veterans and shares their stories to raise awareness and ultimately connect them to the benefits and services they earned for serving our country.
Erika Hoover, Women Veteran & Special Populations Coordinator for the MVAA, noted that women face a number of issues including lack of recognition for their service and a sense of isolation. “The walk/run is a fun opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate Women Veteran’s Recognition Day,” Hoover said. “It allows us to raise awareness, provide information and resources to all veterans and their family members and raise funds for a charitable cause.”
“While women veterans are the fastest growing demographic group of veterans, they face a host of challenges including substance abuse, military sexual trauma, mistrust of the VA health system and the widespread problem of being overlooked as veterans,” said Zaneta Adams, Director of the MVAA. “The Run/Walk and the ‘She Is a Veteran’ campaign are part of our broader effort to establish a robust women veteran’s program in Michigan to increase awareness and support for our women veterans.”