ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Many men, women and even children came out on Saturday morning for the Roselle Park USO sponsored 5K Run/Walk to raise money for the USO and the services it provides to active duty military and veterans.

This event was the first ever USO sponsored 5K Run/Walk ever held in New Jersey. Councilman William Fahoury a veteran himself, was at the lead of bringing the event to Roselle Park along the help of Mayor Hokanson, council members, and all a lot of volunteers.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados told the crowd the county is currently in the process of initiating job fairs dedicated to veterans and military personnel in the Union County. 

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“It’s an honor to be with you, to join you and the USO, the veterans and the veterans families,” said Senator Tom Kean Jr. “Congratulations to Roselle Park for the first of many of these events, and it’s an honor to be a part of this.” The Senator also participated in the event as a runner. 

While the official totals have not been announced by the USO Officials yet, Fahoury says he expects the grand total to be approximately $16,000.

To get all of the race results click here.

Highlights of the event can be viewed below.

According to Fahoury, the USO also provides services to active duty military and veterans including PTSD and mental health issues. 

“If you were not aware, 22 veterans a day commit suicide in the United States. This is not a national tragedy; it is a national epidemic that needs to end immediately, said Fahoury. “I am very passionate and dedicated to events like this because I am a veteran and former Marine. I served four years in the Marine Corps infantry doing combat deployments to Afghanistan and deployments to Okinawa, and the Philippines. I have seen firsthand how PTSD affects the military community; too many of my brothers have lost the ultimate battle with their demons for me to stand on the sidelines and watch this happen.”

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