TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Armed Forces Professional Rodeo Association is performing in Topeka this week and our local VA is helping kick off the festivities by also supporting some of our local heroes.
On Wednesday, PAFRA and VA Eastern Kansas hosted a parade for veterans at Topeka VA. Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID, so this year’s revamped event was very special for residents.
Communications and public relations chief Joseph Burke said this week was the first time many vets have been outside the building during this pandemic.
“We want to take care of our most vulnerable population and in doing so, they haven’t seen the light of day many times,” said Burks.
Just in time for the parade, COVID restrictions were slightly lifted and some of the VA heroes were able to step out and feel the appreciation from community members and their fellow military members.
“It’s special for them, but it’s just as special for us because we have the opportunity to show them that we really appreciate what they have done for their country,” said the vice-president of the PAFRA, Steve Milton.
Every member of the Professional Armed Forces Rodeo is a past or present serviceman and VA officials said it was special for veterans to see them continue to give back to the country as they have.
“What matters to them is that they see the next generation of military rising behind them and today they’re going to show them a little bit,” Burks said.