Veteran organizes walk April 16 at WHS

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By Bryan Marshall

Veteran Gary Trumbo needed a helping hand when he retired after 21 years in the military.

“Back in 2003, when I was discharged from Iraq, I had medical issues,” the Williamstown resident said. “Before, the VA started paying me my retirement on the pension, I was having trouble with my finances.”

That’s where Salute Inc. came in.

Founded in 2003 by Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf, Salute Inc. helps meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of the military service members, veterans and their families.

Trumbo said it’s now his time to give back.

“When I got back on my feet about three years ago, I said, ‘what can I do to help you guys?’” he said.

Trumbo has organized the second annual Salute two-mile walk at 1 p.m. April 16 at Williamstown High School.

The registration fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. The cost is $10 for students.
Water will be provided.

All proceeds will go to Salute Inc. to help financially support for military men and women and their families.

“This helps out disabled vets,” Trumbo said. “They help out all type of vets and their families and the wives of soldiers who are injured and waiting on finances from the government because they are so back logged.”

Last year, more than 100 people participated in the event or donated money.

“We raised over $1,000,” Trumbo said. “This year, I’ve raised a little over $1,000 so far. It’s not even completed yet.”

To register or for more information, call Trumbo at 486-9083.

Trumbo, who is featured on the Salute Inc. website, plans to also have a fundraising booth at the Derby Day festivities in Williamstown selling dog tags and T-shirts.

He also will be teaming up with the American Legion Post in Ft. Mitchell for another fundraiser.

To learn about Salute Inc., go to www.saluteinc.org.