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Charity run to raise money for a local veteran | New

Veterans Oath, a nonprofit organization created to help veterans find safe housing and provide access to dynamic, professional training, will host a fundraiser for Vietnamese veteran Tommie Hall, Jr. of Corsicana.

The “Run to Be Proactive” 5k run/walk begins Saturday morning, October 15 at Getzendaner State Park, 400 S. Grand Ave. in Waxahachie.

The 1K will start at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Entry fees are $15 for the 1K and $25 for the 5K. Register online at raceroster.com/events/2022/64043/run-to-be-proactivve

“If we can get 500 runners, Vietnam veteran Tommie Hall, Jr. of Corsicana, Texas will finally have his home finished after tornado damage in 2019,” said Kye White, founder of Veterans Oath.

“I can’t serve anymore, so that’s what I’m doing instead,” said White, who lives with his wife and two sons.

White last toured in 2009, when he was in a convoy and was thrown 20 yards from a vehicle, trapped under the 700-pound weight of its door.

“Once, five combat buddies ripped the door off me. The doctor managed to wake me up. I was then flown to Baghdad, where I hovered twice, then was flown to Germany for brain surgery. They had to remove the left side of my skull to repair the damage shown on the MRI.

“Once I landed, hospital policy was to do its own MRI; this time it showed that the problem had corrected itself. I was told I was flat again, then flew to San Antonio and transported to Brooks Army Medical Center.

White said it took him about two months before he could start walking again, and then he had to take classes to relearn simple math. Now her goal is to reach out and help service members and their families who are homeless or struggling financially.

The event will also feature vendors and a bouncy house. Sellers can set up for $50 for a 10′ by 10′ space. Contact Veteransoath.org or call White at 903-851-5747.