Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler Donates Proceeds to Southern Tier Veteran Support Group

Veteran traffic safety event raises $3,000 for support group

[Binghamton, NY] – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today announced that the first running of the Returning Warrior 10 & 5 Miler raised $3,000 for the Southern Tier Veteran Support Group. 354 runners participated in the race at Otsiningo Park on Saturday, November 9th.
 
Runners took part in a 10 mile race, a 5 mile race or a kid’s run which was organized by the STOP-DWI Program and the Southern Tier Veteran Support Group to raise awareness about the traffic safety challenges that some Veterans face upon returning from overseas deployments.
 
“It often takes time for these men and women to adjust to driving on our roads at home, especially when driving in war zones,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “We want to thank those who supported our returning warriors by participating in this event and we look forward to an even bigger event in 2014.”
 
“The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group is proud to have been a part of the Returning Warrior 10-Miler. This was a fun and uplifting event for our community and supported STVSG’s mission of educating our Veterans and community on issues facing our returning warriors, specifically the driving dangers they face when they return home after deployment. STVSG is very appreciative of this donation, which will allow us to continue to serve our local Veterans, service members and their families,” said Al Eaton, President of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group.
 
Motor vehicles crashes have quickly become the leading cause of death among Veterans in the early years after returning from deployment according to the Veterans Administration.
 
Studies have shown that the driving techniques that kept service members alive while driving in war zones are deadly when used on roadways here at home. Examples of these “carry-over driving techniques” include driving in the middle of the road at home, using excessive speed, weaving through traffic, failing to use directional signals, rolling through traffic devices, and failing to yield the right of way to other drivers.
 
The 2013 event was sponsored by the Broome County Traffic Safety Program, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Townsquare Media, Lockheed Martin, Laing, CSEA Local 804, SEFCU Home Mortgages, and Greater Binghamton OBGYN
 
For more information on the run, head to bcstopdwi.com or find the Returning Warrior page on Facebook.
 
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12/03/2013 - 9:41am