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Two events planned to help veterans

Posted on March 28, 2011

Two campus events are planned this week to raise awareness and help veterans who served during the Vietnam War.

For the second year, “Welcome Home” events are sponsored by WGVU, Grand Valley’s Health and Wellness and the student veterans organization. A 5K fun run and walk is set for Sunday, April 3, near the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus; and WGVU will show its documentary, “LZ Michigan: A Journey Home,” on Tuesday, March 29.

The 5K run/walk will begin at 2 p.m., rain or shine. Participants are asked to gather in parking lot C West at 2 p.m. The event is free but runners and walkers are encouraged to bring personal care or non-perishable food items for the West Michigan Veterans Assistance Program. Tim Eernisse, WGVU development and marketing manager, said about 100 people are expected. At 3 p.m., a patriotic mural will be unveiled at the Central Utilities Building.

The documentary will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the WGVU studio in the Eberhard Center. “LZ Michigan: A Journey Home” is an award-winning documentary that features the stories of local war survivors who talk about their feelings after returning home from the unpopular war.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information on either event, visit

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