Legion races to support Operation Comfort Warriors

HARRINGTON — Dave Buck is almost 70-years- old. But that didn’t stop him from earning the top spot Saturday during the 5K at the American Legion.

For Mr. Buck, working out isn’t just a fun activity.

“Everybody has an outlet. I work out. It helps when other things didn’t,” he said.

Mr. Buck was the only runner out of about 25 participants, according to organizer Gary Porter.

“I wanted to support Operation Comfort Warriors through the legion. I trust them to keep their word and donate the funds where they belong,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of homeless vets and people with PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder] or TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury]. We have to do something.”

Operation Comfort Warriors offers “comfort” items which can be helpful as military members recover, but aren’t paid for by insurances or governmental line items.

Last year, American Legion CKRT Post 7 in Harrington sent the organization a check for $2,500, according to Mr. Porter.

The 5K began five years ago and now includes a host of talented people behind the scenes making sure it goes off without a hitch.

Mr. Porter said he’d like to see at least another 20-30 more partic ipants next year to help boost the amount given to Operation Comfort Warriors. “It’s important that we support our veterans. It’s what we’re here for. And it’s sad that we didn’t have a really good turn out, but there was a lot happening in the area today,” he said.

Despite a lower than average turnout, Mr. Porter said his commitment to the cause remains unwaivering.

“I’ll keep doing this until I can’t do it anymore.”

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