VA event in Helena on Tuesday to help homeless veterans

The Fort Harrison VA is hosting a community Walk & Roll event Tuesday beginning at 7:30 a.m.

It features a 2-kilometer walk and roll (1.24 miles) and encourages people to live active lifestyles and support unsheltered veterans. The VA will accept donations of food and new clothing items.

The event is 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and participants can join at two Helena-area locations:

1. Fort Harrison VA Medical Center Parade Grounds, 3687 Veterans Drive, Fort Harrison, from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. (outside the main entrance on the south side of the building).

A VA health fair will simultaneously take place in the main lobby near the pharmacy. There will be live music and participants can also walk with the VA’s firefighters at 12 p.m.

2. Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Ten Mile Creek Park 1505 Williams St., Helena, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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In Montana, there was a 56.4% increase in homeless veterans from 2021 (110) to 2022 (172). In 2022, Montana VA was able to help 211 veterans secure housing.

It is anticipated that more veterans and others in Montana’s communities will experience homelessness in 2023 due to housing shortages

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