Cheyenne VA Medical Center employees, Veterans, and community members were getting out and being active to support the second nationwide VA 2K Walk and Roll event May 16. The event encourages VA employees and Veterans to support National Employee Wellness Month and also another cause – homeless Veterans.
Michael Farella, a Navy Veteran and now employee at the Cheyenne VAMC and Veteran, was once homeless and credits a VA housing program which took him off the streets, gave him a job, and a new outlook on life for him and his family. “The message I want to send to other veterans is don’t give up,” Farella says, “The VA is here to help you.”
Along with housing and employment assistance, Farella was a recipient of donations from the community, many of which came from events such as the VA 2K. “They gave me a hand up.” Farella says.
Participants were encouraged to donate a food or clothing item for a homeless Veteran, and there were organizations at the event raising money for the cause by selling gift baskets and food. Members of the Cheyenne Roller Derby team, the Capidolls, skated the 2K track in their bout uniforms to help raise awareness of homeless Veterans and to support the Cheyenne VA Medical Center.
In addition to the 2K event, the Cheyenne VA Medical Center opened its employee wellness center. The center features new weights, treadmills, and other workout equipment. The center was funded by the VA office of Occupational Health to support VA staff in their pursuit of maintaining a level of health and wellness.