$15,000 raised for "Wounded Warrior Project" in memory of Vinton veteran
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VINTON (KWWL) -
More than $15,000 was raised during the 2nd Annual Flaughless 5K in Vinton Saturday. The event was established in memory of Dan Flaugh, an Army veteran who committed suicide in December 2011 after returning home from a tour in Iraq. "He wasn't really well-adjusted to civilian life coming from being a soldier and fighting over there, and I think Dan and a lot of soldiers struggle with that," said Georgia Sysouchanh, race director for Flaughless 5K. Sysouchanh was a good friend of Flaugh's and said she had no idea how heavy his burdens were. "He was really hiding it from all of us," she said. Sysouchanh and friend Lisa Horak organized the 5K together. A large American flag was displayed at the start and finish lines courtesy of the Vinton Fire Department. Dozens of balloons were released in Flaugh's memory prior to the race, which started shortly before 11 a.m. "It's hard to have this day come around every year, but it's also a beautiful tribute to him," said Horak. All proceeds from the the 5K will be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps soldiers heal physically and emotionally from serving in war. Sysouchanh and Horak said they'll take a few weeks off before starting to plan next year's event. More information on the Flaughless 5K can be found here.
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