5K to support veterans’ charities

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5K to support veterans’ charities

How to go

What: Go the Extra Mile for the Vets 5K

When: Saturday, September 6, race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m., race begins at 9 a.m., after

party hosted by the Dingle House from 10 a.m. – noon.

Where: Towne Centre Square, West Chester (Clock Tower)

Registration: Chip timed 5K run/walk individual - $35; Veterans and active service members - $25;

groups of 5 or more - $30; children under age 16 - $25; ROTC Cadets - $20

More info: www.veteranlowtohighchallenge.com/5k/cincinnati/

Transitioning Army officer and veteran Bradley Orndorff is one of more than 30,000 veterans who has been hired through Orion International. He accepted a sales consultant position in April of 2014 at Medtronic in Cincinnati.

Headquartered in Cary, N.C., Orion International’s West Chester office, located in the Towne Centre Square Building, is one of five offices the company operates across the U.S. Each year, Orion provides new post-military careers to thousands of transitioning veterans — both in the U.S. and internationally — at no cost or obligation to them. All of Orion’s recruiters and account executives are veterans, as is the majority of their executive leadership team.

As part of the fundraising initiatives for a national campaign, Low to High Challenge, Orion International will host a 5K run/walk in West Chester on Saturday that will raise monies for three charities: Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots and Warrior Hike. The financial goal is to raise more than $100,000 in 2014 that will be donated entirely to charities supporting Veterans and their families. Between 350 and 400 runners/walkers are expected to turn out for the event.

“Beyond the day-to-day programs we offer, our firm decided to do something more this year to provide additional support for Veterans and their families,” said David Coe, vice president strategic programs, Orion International. Coe has also served as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq.

“Working with Orion was one of the best decisions I’ve made with regards to my career. Because of Orion’s ability to network with global corporations, I was presented with an opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to interview for a position with Medtronic Inc.,” said Bradley Orndorff, 32, of Burlington, Ky.

Based out of Columbus, in the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Orndorff currently serves in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer. He enlisted in 2006. He said the Army has taught him skills such as personal accountability, how to effectively manage his time and what it means to be a leader. He’s also learned how to multitask and how to successfully manage others and resources. He and his wife have a daughter.

Contact this contributing writer at gmwriteon@aol.com.

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