Vets plan duo of fundraisers in area

Vets Serving Vets can regularly be seen doing helpful deeds for veterans and their families, but this organization needs support to continue their efforts. FreedomFest is set for August 8 and will raise money for similar causes.

The event is planned for two locations in Bell County-Downtown Middlesboro and Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park near Pineville.

“A charity to me is something that gives all of its efforts, all of its money to the cause and that’s what benefits veterans. Every penny is going to building a handicap ramp or putting a roof over a veterans head, that’s what we do here,” said Commander Doug Bayless.

A 5K Run/Walk for Independence is scheduled for the downtown area and will begin at 10 a.m. A Fitness Challenge will also be taking place at Xtreme Fitness. Registration is $30 for both events together or $25 to participate in one.

Jimmy Rose will headline a concert downtown. Other performers throughout the day include Jade Robertson, Tim Goodin and The Nate Cornett Band.

Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park will be hosting an ATV guided ride for donations. A concert by Chris Knight will take place on the grounds beginning at 8 p.m. Concert tickets will cost $10.

Proceeds from both locations will benefit various upcoming Vets Serving Vets projects.

“A lot of our veterans are combat veterans, PTSD is a problem and Vets Serving Vets gives us all something to belong to — people that understand you and where you’ve been and what you’ve been through. We’re veterans and we do for veterans and it helps us both,” said Bayless.

More information regarding FreedomFest can be found at or by searching for Vets Serving Vets on Facebook.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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