LEONIA, NJ — Like the glow-in-the-dark ammunition they take their program's name from, members of the all-volunteer veterans group TRACERS kept their focus on helping their fellow service members during a 5K run/walk Sunday in Overpeck Park in Leonia.
The Bergen County Division of Veteran Services and Team Red, White, and Blue hosted the event.
They were joined by Fairleigh Dickinson University students, ambulance corps members, various non-profit organizations and the Leonia American Legion.
“All of these organizations are helping veterans gain their souls back,” said Bob Salvini, commander of the Bergen County American Legion.
“We like to see the support of the community," said A.J. Luna, a military who helped organize the event.
Launched in 1993, TRACERS aims to connect homeless veterans to community-based and Veterans Affairs-sponsored programs and benefits in an effort to help them find jobs, homes and security.
“We help veterans keep camaraderie,” said Lucy DelGaudio, the Red, White and Blue Northern New Jersey chapter captain.
An estimated 37,000 veterans live in Bergen County. Another 100 are believed homeless.
Luna and others have helped 70 veterans find housing and 32 find employment. TRACERS also established a transitional home in Garfield a dozen years ago.
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