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Walking the DAV 5K for those who can’t

The two-time top fundraiser for the virtual DAV 5K believes in raising awareness to meet the needs of his fellow disabled veterans.

As a member of DAV, Kurt Oehlstrom Fraschetti received an email about participating in the 2020 DAV 5K. He didn’t hesitate to sign up.

“I saw it as an opportunity for me to pay DAV back for the efforts they put into getting me the benefits I needed based on my service-connected disability,” said Kurt. “I also walk in honor of other veterans in my family—my grandfather, grandmother, and uncle.”

He and his team were able to raise over $5,000 that first year. In 2021, Kurt and his team did it again, only this time they garnered over $15,000, which translates to life-changing services for our nation's disabled veterans.

Kurt’s service in the Marine Corps as a heavy equipment operator left him with lower extremity service-connected injuries, but that didn’t stop him from making major strides in the DAV 5K.

“Though there is some pain in participating, many veterans have sacrificed far more than me,” he said. “Some may not be able to do this type of event at all. So, it’s purposeful for me to do this for those who can’t.”

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