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Scholarship winner runs DAV 5K

I’m not much of a runner. The last race I did was back in elementary school when I still had boundless energy. These days, running is for getting to the next class or my internship. But DAV (Disabled American Veterans) gave me the opportunity to run for something greater than myself. 

Last year, I participated in the annual DAV 5K to support our nation’s heroes and their families. Hundreds of veterans and their supporters came together to walk, roll, run and ride in downtown Cincinnati. I was honored to be among them. 

Earlier that year, DAV graciously awarded me its top scholarship prize for young volunteers who have assisted veterans. I saw the 5K as another incredible opportunity to show up for our wounded, ill and injured veterans and to thank them for all they have sacrificed for our country. 

I was also running in honor of one very special veteran—my late grandfather, World War II veteran Bernard “Papa B” Brockmeyer. He instilled in me a passion for service that still burns bright today. I believe, as he did, in the importance of giving back to the community that shaped me into who I am. 

Veterans are a special group of people in our communities. These are men and women who gave so much of themselves to protect the liberties we enjoy every day. Because of Papa B’s legacy, I was proud to wear his name as I ran through the course in downtown Cincinnati. 

From start to finish, it was a great experience and one that will become an annual tradition for me. I’d encourage anyone looking for a way to support our veterans and their families to join in this year’s DAV 5K on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in Cincinnati or virtually from anywhere. I hope to see you there! 

Evan Osgood 

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