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New Program Plans To Help Local Veterans

At the YMCA in Downtown Evansville, a program is in the works aimed at helping our Tri-State heroes.

Posted: Aug 31, 2020 7:33 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 11:02 AM

At the YMCA in Downtown Evansville, a program is in the works aimed at helping our Tri-State heroes.

"If it's just one veterans life we can help and save that is tremendous," says Joseph Sale, Army Veteran.

For Army Veteran Joseph Sale, his journey has been anything but easy.

"Two years ago, I started lifting at The Y," says Sale. "Doctors said by my age of 41, I may be a wheelchair."

Sale needing a change and fast.

"I've not only gotten better, but now I'm in a position to help other veterans out or even just regular people that come in here," says Sale.

That new mindset, turning into an idea, and now a plan.

Sale volunteering with The Y, working on setting up a new program aimed at helping veterans.

"They were interested to see if we would like to take on offering some more programs to help connect vets not only socially, but get them in some exercises and offer support for families," says Crystal Paroyan, Ascension St. Vincent YMCA Branch Executive Director.

One of a kind, the program is expected to include everything from workout classes, to other courses in veteran benefits, nutrition, and overall health and well-being.

The program will be included in The Y membership, and although COVID-19 put a set back on many gyms, the program is still in the works.

A battle meant not to be fought alone.

"They took an oath protect and serve this country, now it's our turn," says Sale. "It's our turn not just as a veteran, but as a community to give back to them."

The power lifting course is expected to take place the end of September, but as far as the other classes go, the plan is to launch them by the beginning of next year.

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