Vietnam Veteran to walk 500 Festival Mini Marathon for IVETS donations
Hoosier Legionnaire Jack Cook of Mark Wilt Post 210 in Middlebury, Ind., is running the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon to raise donations for IVETS.
Jack, 72 years old, is seen here doing some high altitude training at 5,000 feet at 29 Palms, Joshua Tree National Park to prepare. He's been climbing hills, trudging through sand and tempering 90-degree heat to put miles in and build his strength.
"It's a great program, we're excited about it at our Post," said Jack of IVETS, stating that the program has enabled them to help more veterans as there are no stipulations requiring children in the home for eligibility. "We're able to help veterans right here in our community and I want to be able to help contribute to that."
Your contribution will fund IVETS exclusively, and will help provide direct, short term financial assistance without regard to any factor other than need. No longer will we have to turn away veterans whose children are grown, or who have no children, or who are struggling alone to keep make ends meet. It may even be a lifeline for you should unforeseen circumstances arise.
Jack asks that contributions be made to IVETS as he dons his American Legion "We Change Lives" t-shirt and walks the 13.1 miles. A $25 donation would come in at less than $2 a mile! Donations can be made online, using the form below.