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Veterans Day Walk

Virtual Edition for 2020

People walking hand in hand

Virtual Walk beginning Saturday, November 7

Proceeds benefit Pearland VFW Post 7109, Pearland Community Action Program, Counseling Connections for Change, and HIKE for Mental Health.

Thanks for making the walk a great success!

See photos and results here

How does the virtual Walk work?

  1. Register online and receive your printable event bib by email.
  2. Join our Facebook Live kick-off at 8:30 am on Nov. 7. Participants will be sent the link to the Facebook Live event via email.
  3. Wear your bib and walk, as long or short as you want, wherever you choose, any time between November 7 and November 14. If you are looking for a guideline, our normal Veterans Day Walk is about 2.5 miles or about a 50 minute walk.
  4. Share your support for veterans by posting photos of your walk with your walkers' bib.

What do Walk participants receive?

After the event concludes, participants will receive a packet that includes a Pearland Veterans Day Walk t-shirt and a custom-designed solid metal challenge coin. When you register, you will be able to choose whether you prefer to have your packet mailed to you for a small fee or to pick up your packet in person from the Home Helpers Home Care office at 2004 E. Broadway in Pearland.

Who designs the challenge coins?

You can! The challenge coins are solid-metal 1.5 inch coins that commemorate the Walk. Every year is a unique design, making the coins a fun collectible. Below is an example from a prior year. If you would like to submit a design for this year's challenge coin, email a photo of your drawing or your artwork file to leo.walker@hikeformentalhealth.org before September 15.

What is the cost to register?

Registration is $34.99 per person. Registration includes the event t-shirt and the 2020 edition of the Veterans Day Walk challenge coin.

Can I purchase extra Veterans Day Walk shirts and challenge coins

Yes, when you register, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional challenge medals and t-shirts.

Where will the proceeds from the Walk go?

The proceeds will benefit:

  • Pearland VFW Post 7109
  • Area veterans in short-term need via the Pearland Community Action Program
  • community education programs of Pearland's Counseling Connections for Change, and
  • programs to combat the stigma of PTSD and other mental illnesses at HIKE for Mental Health.
VA staff receive donations from HIKE for Mental Health.

VA staff at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center receive donations for their patients. Read more about last year's walk here.

Why is this year's Veterans Day Walk being held virtually?

2020 is our seventh year organizing a walk in November to honor Pearland-area veterans. We love getting together to honor veterans and to raise awareness and funding for those battling PTSD. Many of our veterans are older and in the high-risk category. As much as we wish we could hold our event as usual, it seems wiser and safer to make this year's event virtual in order to allow more people to participate. We plan to return to our normal format again next year.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a reaction to highly stressful or traumatic events. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged.

1 out of 6 veterans of Afghanistan or Iraq battles PTSD. Due to the stigma surrounding PTSD, many sufferers don’t seek help. But we can change that. PTSD is treatable.

If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, seek help. It is a sign of strength, not weakness, to seek help for PTSD.

If you need to talk to someone who understands, call the National Vet Center at 877-927-8387. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by combat veterans who will care and understand.

I'd like to know more about becoming a sponsor.

Fantastic! Click here for more information about sponsorship levels and benefits.

I'd like to know more about volunteering for the Walk.

Thank you for your interest. Because the Walk will be virtual this year, we will not need additional volunteers. But please check back next year when we hope to return to our normal event format.

What were the results of last year's Pearland Veterans Day Walk?

Last year's walk set a new record, raising more than $16,000 for programs supporting Texas veterans who are battling PTSD. Read the full article here.

How can I get more information about the Walk?

Call Leo at (281) 219-9320 or email leo.walker@hikeformentalhealth.org.

Join us in honoring our veterans. Back from the battlefield, but for many the battles continue on the inside as they & their families face PTSD, depression & other challenges. Help us show them they are not alone.

HIKE for Mental Health logo

HIKE for Mental Health organizes hikes and walks to bring awareness to the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Funds raised by these events support scientific research into causes and treatments for PTSD, schizophrenia, depression, and other major mental illnesses, as well as programs to combat the stigma of mental illness.

The all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit also helps preserve wilderness trails.

For more information, visit hikeformentalhealth.org or email leo.walker@hikeformentalhealth.org.

Support our sponsors

TITLE SPONSOR

More than an in-home health care agency, Home Helpers is extended family when family can’t be there. A locally owned provider of quality in-home care that keeps your loved ones where they are happiest -- at home.

Home Helpers Home Care's title sponsorship underwrites the costs of the Walk so that 100% of every other donation, sponsorship and ticket sold goes to the veterans programs.

GENERALS

City of Pearland

COLONELS

MAJORS

Pearland City Council Councilman Tony Carbone Councilman Derrick Reed Councilman Gary Moore Councilman Keith Ordeneaux Councilman Greg Hill

CAPTAINS

Buck Stevens Color

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