More than a parade, groups seek to offer help to struggling veterans

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - St. Louis observed Veterans Day on Saturday with much more than just the annual parade.  Off the parade route, you could find groups doing what they could to help vets fighting to get back on their feet..

One group marching downtown toward the Veterans Parade route was Active Heroes. They hosted the Carry The Fallen event, a team ruck march where participants chose between 3,6,12 or 22 hour long courses. The effort builds camaraderie while raising funds to help build regional military family retreat centers, the first of which is in Shepherdsville, KY.  The goal is to help reduce veteran suicide.

Along with other charities, several organizations sponsored signs downtown aimed at getting veterans help.  The signs were ordered through a group called Prism Patriot, which raise money by selling personalized Honor Signs. .  The money goes to charities fighting homelessness among vets and helping the children of those who didn't make it home.

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