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Lufkin runners give back to local veterans in Run for the Vets races

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Lufkin runners started their day with their hands over their hearts remembering those who serve our country.

"We're helping them kind of get back to a daily way of life," said Tara Watson Watkins, Director, Lufkin CVB.

Saturday morning the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the first run for the vets to help local veterans get back on their feet.

"I just think its so important to be able to say thank you to the men and women that have fought for our daily freedom this is a way that we can help," said Watkins.

Director Tara Watson Watkins says 25 percent of the proceeds will go to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 113.

"The money will go to the veterans that have come back home that are here locally and need monetary support," said Watkins.

 Army veteran Samuel Coleman spent eight years in service and works closely with the VFW.

 Coleman says times have changes since he was in the army and returning soldiers need support now more than ever.

"Now they have a lot of problems different from us, there was a difference in our training I can say," said Coleman.

To contribute 100 runners participated in a 10k, 5k or a one mile fun run.

Coleman says the steps runners take today will improve future of veterans and their families.

"Its a good thing, its people helping people and that's what we do," said Coleman.

"We wake up every day being able to breathe and see our family and our friends because of the men and women who give up their lives," said Watkins.

 This is the first Veterans Day run for the city, officials plan on continuing the tradition and expanding it for years to come.

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