Barney’s Run for Warriors to benefit veterans with PTSD, brain injuries

Barney’s Run for Warriors to benefit veterans with PTSD, brain injuries

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - On Saturday, an Albany church will host its annual race to help our veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church hosts Barney's Run For Warriors to raise money to pay for and train service dogs.

This year, it takes place on Saturday at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.

Most of the dogs are rescued from shelters.

Barney's Run for Warriors funds service dogs for Georgia veterans with PTSD or TBIs.
Barney's Run for Warriors funds service dogs for Georgia veterans with PTSD or TBIs. (Source: Barney's Run for Warriors/WALB)

The money from Barney’s Run for Warriors benefits K9s for Warriors, a non-profit in Florida.

That non-profit trains the dogs to help when their veteran has flashbacks, nightmares and panic attacks.

Race Co-Chairman Anna Hendley said the service dogs are a good step forward for veterans dealing with what happened when they were overseas.

“It’s hard to come back and have a normal life,” Hendley said. “We want them to be able to get back into a normal life, and these dogs are there to make it better for them.”

Barney’s Run for Warriors includes a one-mile run, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon.

The 5K, 10K, half and full marathons can be used as Peachtree qualifiers.

You can sign up Saturday morning.

Run organizers will be at MCLB starting at 6:45 a.m. Saturday with registration forms and packets for those who have already registered.

The first races start at 7:30 a.m.

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