ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – The R.W. Houser Household YMCA hosted the seventh annual “Stroll with Warriors” occasion on Saturday.
Seven years in the past, Lee Walraven and over twenty extra volunteers began the “Stroll with Warriors” occasion to create help for Veterans with psychological well being struggles. Saturday morning, tons of had been in attendance.
The Stroll is a 2.2 mile journey beginning on the Houser YMCA location. The veterans and their supporters traversed on the sidewalk path. Situated on the trail had been psychological well being counselors to supply a connection to veterans to share their tales.
“We encourage individuals to speak with the counselor. If they have been having struggles or simply intimidated by the thought of speaking with someone concerning the struggles they’re having, the tales that come from which are wonderful,” mentioned Lee Walraven, a Veteran and Director of Wholesome Residing for YMCA.
Moreover, “The Y is Medication” indicators accompanied the walkers on their route.
After the stroll, the event-goers returned to tents providing engagement, neighborhood, and sources. Walraven aimed to create a neighborhood for the Veterans in attendance.
“22 Veterans are dying to suicide day by day. So we wished to create a stroll to carry consciousness to that. So we began a stroll,” added Walraven.
Moreover, the subsequent “Stroll With Warriors” occasion is deliberate for the primary weekend of June in 2022.