Tricounty News

Old Glory Run in Cold Spring May 18

The 18,000-member Minnesota Disabled American Veteran (DAV) organization is once again announcing plans for the sixth annual Old Glory Run in Cold Spring, scheduled for

May 18.

This event was first organized by local Cold Spring/St. Cloud area volunteers Curt and Pam Karls in 2007. They have continued organizing and coordinating the event and have played a significant role in providing funds raised through this event to the Minnesota Disabled American Veterans organization. Minnesota State DAV Commander Bob Erickson recently stated “Curt and Pam Karls have become heroes to the veterans we serve in this Central Minnesota community.

One of our primary programs here is providing free transportation for veterans who need transportation to and from their medical appointments at the St. Cloud VA medical center as a part of the VA/DAV transportation program. We have purchased three new Ford vans driven by DAV volunteers to transport these veterans … and as a result of Curt and Pams generosity and gift of time and talents, we have many area veterans enjoying a better quality of life”.

The Minnesota DAV asks that interested runners, walkers, and friends of the DAV mark May 18, on their calendars and consider being a participant, sponsor, volunteer and/or a spectator.

Once again, this year, all proceeds for our event will go to the DAV of Minnesota Foundation to be used by them to serve veterans, especially disabled veterans in our St. Cloud area community. We are so proud to have



played a key financial role with funds raised in past years in funding of brand new vans used by the DAV and the St. Cloud VA Medical Center to transport area veterans in need of transportation to and from their VA medical appointments at the local VA Medical Center. In addition, funds have been provided for a planned “wellness area” (walking trails, shelters, etc.) on the
St. Cloud VA campus for veterans and the community.

The website with the information on the event is at 0375


Pam and Curt Karls are on the right with check for $20,000. Proceeds from the Old Glory Run are for the DAV of Minnesota Foundation and provide funds to purchase new vans to transport veterans in need of a ride to and from their medical appointments at the St. Cloud VAMC. Submitted photo.




Funds from the Old Glory Run were used to provide the disabled veterans the opportunity for turkey and deer hunts at Camp Ripley, organized by the St. Cloud VAMC. Submitted photo.